Observations on Babesia Equi in The Salivary Glands of Rhipicephalus Evertsi

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1973
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Young A.S
Purnell R.E
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Babesia equi, a protozoan parasite of equines, causes biliary fever in domestic Horses and donkeys. In both East and South Africa (Ross, 1907; Theiler, 1909), Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli) has been shown to harbor B. equi. A potential means of transmission of the parasite from zebra to domestic equines has been demonstrated by Dennig (1966), who used fresh inocula of parasitized zebra blood to induce biliary fever in splenectomized horses and donkeys. Although Neitz (1956) lists many tick species as vectors of B. equi, tick transmission of the parasite between horses in the Ethiopian region, using the two host tick, Rhipicephalus el'ertsi, has only been demonstrated by Theiler (1906). Carpano (1913) states that in Italy, B. equi is transmitted by R. bursa.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXI (4), p. 378-383
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