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Parasitology Research

, Volume 97, Issue 1, pp 77–79 | Cite as

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

  • Eva Spitalska
  • Michael Riddell
  • Heloise Heyne
  • Olivier A. E. Sparagano
Original Paper

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 spRed Hartebeest Africa PCR Sequencing 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Dr. Spitalska was partially supported by a NATO/Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowship. The experiments presented in this paper comply with the current laws in UK.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Spitalska
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Riddell
    • 1
  • Heloise Heyne
    • 3
  • Olivier A. E. Sparagano
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Agriculture, Food and Rural DevelopmentUniversity of NewcastleNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute of VirologySlovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia
  3. 3.ParasitologyARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary InstituteRepublic of South Africa

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