A Preliminary Electron Microscopic Study of East Coast Fever( Theileria parva Infection)

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1966
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East African Veterinary Research Organization
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It was decided to investigate the fine structure of Theileria parva (Theiler, 1904), the cause of East Coast Fever of cattle, for 3 main reasons. First. it was hoped that a study of the various stages in the vertebrate and invertebrate hosts might throw some light on the life cycle of the parasite and its mode of multiplication. Second, this knowledge would certainly help to decide taxonomic questions; the piroplasms as a group are at present difficult to place in the general classification of the protozoa. Finally, it was anticipated that the investigation might indicate the reasons for the intense lymphocytic hyperplasia that occurs in the early stages of the disease before parasites are detectable ( 4).
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