Experimental and Applied Acarology

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 227–231

Detection of a questing Hyalomma marginatummarginatum adult female (Acari, Ixodidae) in southern Germany


    • Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology University of Bonn
    • Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthYale University School of Medicine
  • Wolfgang Poltz
    • Department for Biology and its DidacticsUniversity of Siegen
  • Kathrin Hartelt
    • Baden-Wuerttemberg State Health Office, District Government Stuttgart
  • Roman Wölfel
    • Department of Virology and RickettsiologyBundeswehr Institute for Microbiology
  • Michael Faulde
    • Department of Medical Entomology/ZoologyCentral Institute of the Bundeswehr Medical Service
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10493-007-9113-y

Cite this article as:
Kampen, H., Poltz, W., Hartelt, K. et al. Exp Appl Acarol (2007) 43: 227. doi:10.1007/s10493-007-9113-y


The first finding of a questing Hyalomma marginatum marginatum female tick in Germany is described. The tick was found in May 2006 on the clothing of a person who had spent the preceding day in rural surroundings in southern Germany. As the infested person had also been visiting Spain where H. m. marginatum is known to occur some weeks prior to finding the tick, it is not clear whether the tick had been imported by him as a female or by another host in a preimaginal stage and succeeded to develop to an adult in Germany. H. m. marginatum is a thermophilic tick species usually occurring in relatively dry and warm regions of southern Europe, northern Africa and some parts of Asia. It is a vector of several disease agents of human relevance including Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. Although, by PCR examination, the female was found neither infected with this virus nor with Rickettsia aeschlimannii, another human pathogen which has been found in Spanish Hyalomma ticks, its mere finding should be taken seriously and draw further attention to the increasing problem of the import and spread of putatively tropical vectors of disease to central Europe.


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