Description of a new Babesia sp. infective for cattle in China
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A Babesia species has been identified and shown to be transmitted by Hyalomma anatolicum anatolicum in China. When larvae, nymphs and adults developed from engorged females H. a. anatolicum collected from cattle in Xinjiang province were infested onto the Babesia-free calves, piroplasms of Babesia sp. were seen in blood smears from cattle infested with nymphs (2 calves), but not from the calves infested with larvae (1 calf) or adult ticks (2 calves). This Babesia sp. proved to be of low virulence, causing 3% parasites which lasted 3–4 days.