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The range of Ixodes ricinus and the risk of contracting Lyme borreliosis will increase northwards when the vegetation period becomes longer
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology. (Systematisk biologi, Medicinsk entomologi)
Karolinska institutet, Dept of Public Health.
2011 (English)In: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, ISSN 1877-959X, Vol. 2, no 1, 44-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, the geographical distribution of Lyme borreliosis corresponds to that of its vector kodes ricinus. Both tick activity and the length of the vegetation period are determined by daily mean temperatures >= 5 degrees C. We analysed the correspondence between the distribution of I. ricinus in Sweden, the start date, end date, and length of the vegetation period, and the distributions of tick habitat-associated plant species. The geographical distribution oil. ricinus in Sweden corresponds to a vegetation period averaging 170 days, an early start (before May 1st) of spring, and to the distribution of black alder (Alnus glutinosa). Based on scenario models for these parameters, changes in the range and abundance of I. ricinus were projected for the periods 2011-2040, 2041-2070, and 2071-2100. We conclude that climate change during this century will probably increase the geographic range of I. ricinus as vegetation communities and mammals associated with high tick densities will increase their geographic ranges due to a markedly prolonged vegetation period. By the end of this century, the ranges of I. ricinus and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato may, in suitable habitats, encompass most of Sweden, Norway, and Finland as far as 70 degrees N, except the mountainous regions. This will lead to an increased Lyme borreliosis risk in northern Scandinavia.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 2, no 1, 44-49 p.
Keyword [en]
Climate change, Ixodes ricinus, Lyme borreliosis, North Europe, Sweden, Vegetation period
Keyword [sv]
Fästing, Klimatförändring, Vegetationsperiod, Sverige, Norra Europa, Skandinavien, Borrelia, Borrelios
National Category
Biological Systematics Infectious Medicine
Research subject
Biology with specialization in Systematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-142715DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2010.10.006ISI: 000290700900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-142715DiVA: diva2:387919
Available from: 2011-01-16 Created: 2011-01-16 Last updated: 2011-06-07Bibliographically approved

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