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|Title: ||Babesia canis and Babesia rossi Co-infection in an Untraveled Nigerian Dog|
|Authors: ||Kamania, Joshua|
Dogo, A. Goni
Tanko, James T.
Egwu, Kinsley O.
Tafarki, Agbadu E.
Ogo, Isaac N.
Lombin, Lami H.
Birkenheuer, Adam J.
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||Veterinary Parasitology|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 173;Pp 334–335|
|Abstract: ||A sexually intact 6-month-old female Alsatian dog was presented to the Veterinary Clinic
of the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau State, Nigeria, for the following complaints: anorexia, hemoglobinuria, fever, tick infestation and general malaise. Microscopy revealed piroplasms with a wide range of sizes (1–5 min length) in red blood cells, raising a suspicion of a co-infection with two or more Babesia species. Specific PCR assays for canine Babesia spp. and DNA sequencing revealed the presence of Babesia canis
and Babesia rossi co-infection. This study constitutes the first report of co-infection with B. canis and B. rossi in the West African sub-region and the first report of autochthonous B. canis on the African continent. Practitioners should be aware of potential changes in the species/sub-species of Babesia causing canine babesiosis in this region.|
|Appears in Collections:||Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology|
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