The Tick-borne zoonoses database (TBZ db) was developed within the activities of the ICTTD-3 project (Integrated Consortium on Ticks & Tick-borne Diseases CA EU_INCO 6th FP n.510561) by the ICTTD-3 Tick-borne zoonoses Working Group. Its aim was to create an extensive data base (MS Access) on Tick-borne zoonoses (TBZ) in the (sub-)tropics, with special reference to pathogens, vectors, and cases of diseases.
So far data collection has been mainly focused on developing/emerging countries. Data collected were intended to be merged in a cluster of larger integrated databases for ticks, hosts and pathogens and linked to remotely sensed eco-climatic data to create predictive maps for geographical distribution of ticks and diseases –including TBZ- in the (sub-)tropics. Some results of such research approach have been published:
- Vesco et al. (2009) Modelling the different distribution of Amblyomma cajennense and A. triste in South America, the main vectors of spotted fevers to humans. In: Proc. 10th Biennal conference Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Lubeck (D), abstract book P30, pag. 83 (see poster);
- Estrada-Peña et al. (2014). Divergent environmental preferences and areas of sympatry of tick species in the Amblyomma cajennense complex (Ixodidae). Int J Parasitol. 44(14): 1081-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2014.08.007)
This webpage is intended to circulate the latest version of the TBZ db to contributors all over the world. Researchers are encouraged to contribute to this collaborative project, and build up and keep updated a public data base on TBZ in the (sub-)tropics.
Researchers, officials from Ministries of Health (MoH), Ministries of Agriculture and Veterinary Services (MoA-DVS) and from national/international organizations worldwide are most welcome to collaborate by providing new records for the TBZ db.
In case you are not available or you cannot manage to enter records in the data base, but you have relevant data/info/publication on TBZ not yet included in the publication list (PDF), you are most welcomed to send us hard copies, document scans (.pdf, .jpg) of papers.