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Received: 11 January 2018
Accepted: 4 June 2018
First Online: 26 June 2018
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: The use of vertebrate animals (mice and rabbits) to maintain the I. ricinus colony at the University of Neuchâtel was performed following the Swiss legislation on animal experimentation. The commission that is part of the ‘Service de la Consommation et des Affaires Vétérinaires (SCAV)’ of the canton of Vaud, Switzerland evaluated and approved the ethics of this part of the study. The SCAV of the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland issued the animal experimentation permit (NE05/2014)
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