Original Paper

Parasitology Research

, Volume 97, Issue 1, pp 77-79

Prevalence of Theileriosis in Red Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus caama) in Namibia

  • Eva SpitalskaAffiliated withSchool of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, University of NewcastleInstitute of Virology, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • , Michael RiddellAffiliated withSchool of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, University of Newcastle
  • , Heloise HeyneAffiliated withParasitology, ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute
  • , Olivier A. E. SparaganoAffiliated withSchool of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, University of Newcastle Email author 

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Abstract

A total of 23 blood samples from Red Hartebeest and 28 ticks of the subspecies Rhipicephalus evertsi were collected in Namibia during the summer 2003. For a Piroplasmida species, Theileria sp 95.7% of blood and 50.0% of tick samples (all R. e. mimeticus, none of R. e. evertsi were carrying the pathogen) were PCR positive. Sequencing showed infection from a re-emerging mild species of Theileria phylogenetically different from other African Theileria species such as Theileria parva, T. buffeli, T. annulata, T. taurotragi or T. mutans.

Keywords

Theileria sp. Red Hartebeest Africa PCR Sequencing