Theileria lestoquardi and T. annulata can occur in similar vectors, and current available probes based on the 18S rRNA gene showed cross-reaction between the two species. However, we developed a species-specific RFLP test based on the MspI restriction enzyme, able to cut amplified products from T. lestoquardi only and to discriminate the two species in both tick and blood samples.
- Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism
- Mixed Infection
- Small Ruminant
- Ixodid Tick
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