A comprehensive survey of the prevalence and distribution of bovine tickborne diseases and tick species does not exist for cattle in California. Our program is aimed at developing an easily accessible web-based tool that livestock health investigators and the cattle industry can use to analyze and predict the occurrence of important tick borne diseases within the state.
- Identification of tick species collected in the field
- Testing of blood or tick samples for Anaplasmosis (both A. phagocytophilum and A. marginale)
- Testing of ticks for the putative agent of Epizootic Bovine Abortion
- Creation of an interactive, web-based map defining tickborne disease risk for cattle throughout the state.
How Can Cattle Producers Become Involved?:
- Blood or tick samples can be sent by mail to our laboratory for analysis
- We are available by telephone Monday through Friday to answer tick borne disease related questions.
Useful References and Links:
- The Ticks of California (Acari:Ixodida) by Deane Furman and Edmond Loomis, University of California Press, 1984
- Babesia Project
- Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH)
- California Cattlemen's Association
California Bovine Tick-borne Disease Surveillance Program
University of California, Davis
Center for Vectorborne Diseases
Old Davis Rd., University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 754-9740
Fax: (530) 754-4837