Ornithodoros turicata

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Ornithodoros turicata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Ixodida
Family: Argasidae
Genus: Ornithodoros
Species: O. turicata
Binomial name
Ornithodoros turicata
(Dugès, 1876)

Ornithodoros turicata, commonly referred to as the relapsing fever tick, is a soft tick found in the midwestern and southwestern United States. It is a known vector of Borrelia turicatae, a spirochete responsible for tick-borne relapsing fever in humans.[1] Additionally, vector competence for the transmission of Leptospira pomona, the agent of canine jaundice, has been demonstrated in a laboratory setting.[2]

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  1. ^ Dworkin MS, Schwan TG, Anderson DE, Borchardt SM (2008). "Tick-borne relapsing fever". Infect. Dis. Clin. North Am. 22 (3): 449–68, viii. doi:10.1016/j.idc.2008.03.006. PMC 3725823Freely accessible. PMID 18755384. 
  2. ^ Burgdorfer, Willy (1956). "The possible role of ticks as vectors of leptospirae. I. Transmission of Leptospira pomona by the argasid tick, Ornithodoros turicata, and the persistence of this organism in its tissues". Experimental Parasitology. 5 (6): 571–579. doi:10.1016/0014-4894(56)90030-3. PMID 13375683.