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Babesia, Theileria, and Hepatozoon species in ticks infesting animal hosts in Romania
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. (Ctr Ecol & Evolut Microbial Model Syst EEMiS)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science. (Ctr Ecol & Evolut Microbial Model Syst EEMiS)
Inst Diag & Anim Hlth, Romania.
PAUMI VET Private Vet Clin, Romania.
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2017 (English)In: Parasitology Research, ISSN 0932-0113, E-ISSN 1432-1955, Vol. 116, no 8, 2291-2297 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Babesia spp., Theileria spp., and Hepatozoon spp. are tick-transmitted apicomplexan parasites that cause several important diseases in animals. To increase current knowledge about the diversity of tick-transmitted pathogens in Romania, we investigated the occurrence of Babesia spp., Theileria spp., and Hepatozoon spp. in a wide range of tick species infesting animal hosts. We collected 852 ticks from 10 different animal species from 20 counties in Romania. The assessment was based on detection of parasite DNA by PCR. Five different apicomplexan parasite species were detected; among them three different species of Babesia: B. canis, B. microti, and B. ovis. Hepatozoon canis was the most frequently detected parasite, found predominately in Ixodes ricinus ticks collected from domestic dogs. It was also detected in I. ricinus collected from goat, fox, and cat. Furthermore, H. canis was found in Haemaphysalis punctata and Haemaphysalis concinna ticks. In addition, Theileria buffeli was detected in Rhipicephalus bursa ticks collected from cattle.

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Springer, 2017. Vol. 116, no 8, 2291-2297 p.
Keyword [en]
Ticks, Babesia, Theileria, Hepatozoon, Romania
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Microbiology
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Ecology, Zoonotic Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67500DOI: 10.1007/s00436-017-5537-4ISI: 000406423300026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-67500DiVA: diva2:1136944
Available from: 2017-08-29 Created: 2017-08-29 Last updated: 2017-08-29Bibliographically approved

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