Caribbean wages war on ticks
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CTA. 2000. Caribbean wages war on ticks. Spore 85. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Caribbean Amblyomma Programme
Amblyomma variegatum is quite a tick. Since coming from Africa 170 years ago it has wreaked damage in the Caribbean, reproducing itself on livestock and, sometimes, on humans. Its bite causes inflammations and abscesses. Worse still, it infects animals with two serious diseases: pericarditis (caused by Cowdria ruminantium) and dermatomycosis (brought on by Dermatophilus congolensis). Recently, livestock production in some islands has been seriously hit and breeders cannot keep up with local demand. It is to try to eradicate the parasite that the Caribbean Amblyomma Programme has been established, mobilising local people to join in a participatory approach. Local farmers, who have a key role, are given on-the-spot training and the responsibility for treating their animals with acaricides; the public is being targetted with massive publicity campaigns. First results have been encouraging. The tick is no longer seen on Puerto Rico and St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, where animal rearing is recovering. The war is not won yet, though. Until the little blighter has been eliminated from the entire region, it could stage a come-back. Caribbean Amblyomma Programme Food and Agriculture Organisation 631-C Bridgetown, Barbados (West Indies) Fax. + 246 427 2760 Email: RCU@capweb.org Website: http://www.capweb.org/