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Preliminary findings from an experimental study of caprine besnoitiosis in Kenya

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Abstract

Inoculation of cystozoites obtained from natural, chronic cases of caprine besnoitiosis produced clinical disease in goats but not in rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats or cattle. Histological examination of tissue sections from the experimental animals showedBesnoitia cysts only in goats. This, together with field observations that cattle reared together with goats having besnoitiosis do not contract the disease, suggests that theBesnoitia species that infects goats in Kenya is host-specific and is notBesnoitia besnoiti. We suggest that the nameBesnoitia caprae be adopted for the caprine pathogen.

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Njenga, J.M., Bwangamoi, O., Mutiga, E.R. et al. Preliminary findings from an experimental study of caprine besnoitiosis in Kenya. Vet Res Commun 17, 203–208 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01839168

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Keywords

  • Besnoitia
  • clinical signs
  • conjunctiva
  • goats
  • infectivity
  • rabbits
  • rodents