Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, or rabbit tick
The Haemaphysalis leporispalustris tick is known to be a reservoir of Francisella tularensis, the agent responsible for tularemia. However, it is not a vector of transmission of this disease to humans.
The rabbit tick is present throughout much of the province of Québec.
Haemaphysalis leporispalustris in the female stage
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The rabbit tick is sometimes found on our pets, but according to passive surveillance data from the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec, it does not bite humans. Its role in transmitting diseases to humans is very small or nonexistent.