Babesiosis in free-ranging chamois (Rupicapra r. rupicapra) from Switzerland

Hoby, Stefan; Robert, Nadia; Mathis, Alexander; Schmid, Nicole; Meli, Marina L.; Hofmann-Lehmann, Regina; Lutz, Hans; Deplazes, Peter; Ryser-Degiorgis, Marie-Pierre (2007). Babesiosis in free-ranging chamois (Rupicapra r. rupicapra) from Switzerland. Veterinary parasitology, 148(3-4), pp. 341-5. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.vetpar.2007.06.035

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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 (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Center for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Animal Pathology

UniBE Contributor:

Hoby, Stefan; Robert, Nadia and Ryser, Marie Pierre

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0304-4017

Publisher:

Elsevier

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:53

Last Modified:

22 Mar 2016 15:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.vetpar.2007.06.035

PubMed ID:

17689015

Web of Science ID:

000249634500020

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/22688 (FactScience: 35965)

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