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[Cattle babesiosis].

Authors
  • Sawczuk, Marek
Type
Published Article
Journal
Wiadomości parazytologiczne
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2007
Volume
53
Issue
2
Pages
73–79
Identifiers
PMID: 17912800
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Babesia parasites are intraerytrocytic Protozoa that infect wide range of domestic and wild animals and occasionally man causing babesiosis (piroplasmosis). Babesiosis also known in cattle as tick fever or red water fever is most important arthropod-borne disease of bovinae ungulates worldwide with areas of Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Australia and finally Europe. Since Smith and Kilborne had first described potential role of ticks in spread of piroplasmosis within animals, only United States till end of 50 of XX century eradicated the disease from the continent. In other, especially African countries, the problem seems to be of great economic importance. In this review all species of Babesia known to date to be infective to cattle are described with emphasis on geographical distribution of piroplasmosis, tick vector and pathogenicity of particular species and strains.

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