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Vet World. 2010; 3(12): 539-543

Survey of ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) infesting cattle in two districts of Somali Regional State, Ethiopia

Rahmeto Abebe, Thedrous Fantahun, Mesele Abera, Jemere Bekele.

A cross-sectional study aimed at determining the common tick species and their abundance in cattle was conducted in two districts of Somali regional state from October 2008 to March 2009. During the period, a total of 10,055 adult ticks (Ixodidae) were collected from 496 indigenous cattle. Out of the total tick count, 4304 were males and 5751 were females. Eight similar species of ticks that belong to four genera (Amblyomma, Boophilus, Rhipicephalus and Hyalomma) were identified in the two districts covered by the study with a significant (P

Key words: Abundance, Awubere, Tick, Ethiopia, Ectoparasite, Blood Parasite, Epidemiology, Tick Borne Disease.

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