Identification of Theileria buffelilorientalis and Babesia bigemina in Apulian cattle using molecular techniques and study of changes in blood parameters

L. Ceci, F. Jongejan, G. Carelli, P. Tassi, O. Sparagano

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Abstract

Recently several cases of theileriosis due to the haemoprotozoan Thelleria buffeli/orientalis have been recorded in the Apulian region, Italy. In this area other tick-borne pathogens were usually identified such as Anaplasma marginale and Babesia bigemina. Outbreaks were recorded showing that these pathogens can be observed separately or in mixed infections. Sub-clinical cases and carrier animals were also previously identified. A lack of specific techniques could not rule out the presence of other haemoparasites such as T. annulata, B. divergens, B. bow's, Ehrlichia phagocytophila and bow's. Moreover little is known about the tick species involved in the dissemination of these diseases. Therefore more powerful techniques to specifically identify Theileria or Babesia species have been recently developed. A PCR technique and reverse line blotting (RLB) system to specifically identify six Theileria species and three Babesia species were used. T. buffeli/orientalis and B. bigemina were the only pathogens observed in the targeted animals. The authors also present some changes in blood parameters for the animals followed during this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-32
Number of pages2
JournalParassitologia
Volume41
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Apulian region
  • Babesia bigemina
  • Cattle
  • Italy
  • Reverse line blotting
  • T. Buffeli/orientalis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology

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