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Journal of the South African Veterinary Association

versão On-line ISSN 2224-9435
versão impressa ISSN 1019-9128

J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. vol.80 no.4 Cape Town  2009




Putative clinical piroplasmosis in a Burchell's zebra (Equus quagga burchelli)



F LampenI; R BhooraII; N E CollinsII; B L PenzhornII

ISindisa Wildlife Clinic and Conservation Centre, PO Box 15718, East Lynn, 0039 South Africa
IIDepartment of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort, 0110 South Africa




A 10-year-old tame zebra gelding was presented after sufferingfrom lethargy, nervousness, reported anaemia and icterus as well as a decreased appetite. These symptoms were seen over some months, with changing severity. The animal was immobilised, treated, and blood specimens were submitted for haematology and biochemistry. This report describes molecular characterisation of Theileria equi recovered from this animal, as well as the clinical findings, treatment and historical relevance of piroplasmosis in zebra in southern Africa.

Keywords: Burchell's zebra, Equus quagga burchelli, piroplasmosis, Theileria equi, treatment



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Received: May 2009
Accepted: October 2009



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