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Babesiosis in free-ranging chamois (Rupicapra r. rupicapra) from Switzerland


Hoby, S; Robert, N; Mathis, A; Schmid, N; Meli, M L; Hofmann-Lehmann, R; Lutz, H; Deplazes, P; Ryser-Degiorgis, M P (2007). Babesiosis in free-ranging chamois (Rupicapra r. rupicapra) from Switzerland. Veterinary Parasitology, 148(3-4):341-345.

Abstract

Pathological examination of five adult chamois (Rupicapra r. rupicapra) found dead in two different regions from the Swiss Alps revealed pale mucous membranes and musculature, swollen spleen and haemoglobinuria. Histologically, haemosiderosis in the spleen and centrilobular hepatic necrosis were the predominant findings. On blood smears, small (approximately 0.84-1.47 microm), round to pyriform, peripherally located inclusions were present in the erythrocytes. PCR followed by sequencing of DNA extracted from blood or spleen of the infected animals revealed 99-100% identity of the amplified part of the 18S rRNA gene with GenBank entries attributed to Babesia divergens/Babesia capreoli. This is the first report of fatal Babesia infections in chamois raising the question of an emerging disease in this species.

Pathological examination of five adult chamois (Rupicapra r. rupicapra) found dead in two different regions from the Swiss Alps revealed pale mucous membranes and musculature, swollen spleen and haemoglobinuria. Histologically, haemosiderosis in the spleen and centrilobular hepatic necrosis were the predominant findings. On blood smears, small (approximately 0.84-1.47 microm), round to pyriform, peripherally located inclusions were present in the erythrocytes. PCR followed by sequencing of DNA extracted from blood or spleen of the infected animals revealed 99-100% identity of the amplified part of the 18S rRNA gene with GenBank entries attributed to Babesia divergens/Babesia capreoli. This is the first report of fatal Babesia infections in chamois raising the question of an emerging disease in this species.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:12 Aug 2008 10:52
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:25
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0304-4017
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.vetpar.2007.06.035
PubMed ID:17689015
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-3015

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