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Title: Babesia canis and Babesia rossi Co-infection in an Untraveled Nigerian Dog
Authors: Kamania, Joshua
Sannusib, Abdulrahim
Dogo, A. Goni
Tanko, James T.
Egwu, Kinsley O.
Tafarki, Agbadu E.
Ogo, Isaac N.
Kemza, Sarah
Onovoh, Emmanuel
Shamaki, David
Lombin, Lami H.
Catto, Victoria
Birkenheuer, Adam J.
Keywords: Canine
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2167
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