Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-3015
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.
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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.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals > Clinical Laboratory|
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
|Deposited On:||12 Aug 2008 12:52|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 17:49|
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