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Prevalance of Theileria equi and Babesia caballi in Donkeys from Eastern Turkey in Winter Season
I. Balkaya*, A. E. Utuk1 and F. C. Piskin1
University of Atatürk, Faculty of Veterinary, Department of Parasitology, Erzurum, Turkey; 1Central Veterinary Control and Research Institute, Parasitology and Bee Diseases Laboratory, Ankara, Turkey
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The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Theileria equi and Babesia caballi by the examination of Giemsa-stained blood smears and c-ELISA method in donkeys, selected randomly from Erzurum, the largest province of Eastern Turkey. The specimens were consisted of 92 thin blood-smears and 75 sera during winter season. As result of microscopic examination no parasite was detected. Of the 75 sera, 3 (4%) and 1 (1.33%) samples were positive for the presence of T. equi and B. caballi antibodies, respectively. We couldn’t detect mix infection with both parasites. This study indicated the prevalence of T. equi and B. caballi in donkeys for the first time from Eastern Turkey in winter season.

Key words: Babesia caballi, Donkey, Erzurum, Theileria equi, Turkey


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