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COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF BABESIA SPP� FROM WHITE-TAILED AND SIKA DEER

COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF BABESIA SPP� FROM WHITE-TAILED AND SIKA DEER,J. S. Gray,T. M. Murphy,K. A. Waldrup,G. G. Wagner,D. A. Blewett,R. Harrington

COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF BABESIA SPP� FROM WHITE-TAILED AND SIKA DEER   (Citations: 11)
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ABSTRACT:,Babesia,odocoilei,from,white-tailed,deer,(Odocoileus,mrginianus),in,Texas,(USA) and,B. capreoli,isolated,from,sika deer,(Cervus,nippon),in Ireland were,compared,morphologically and,antigenically.,Babesla,odocoilei,and,B. capreoli,paired,pyriforms,resembled,each,other closely when in sika deer, but B. odocoilei pyriforms in white-tailed deer were slightly different. Babesia odocoilei,in white-tailed,deer,also,differed,from,B. odocoilei,and,B. capreoll,in sika deer,in the frequency,of its developmental,forms. Indirect,immunofluorescence,antibody,test titres showed that there was some antigen cross-reactivity, but not as much as between B. capreoli and the bovine parasite, B. divergens. The Babesia spp. from deer that we studied appear to be distinct but,related,species.,The,low,infectivity,of B. odocoilei,for a splenectomised,sika deer,suggests,that sika deer,in North,America,are probably,not very,susceptible,to this parasite,in the wild. Key words: Sika deer, Cervus nippon, white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, Babesia odocoilei, Babesla capreoli, morphology, antigenicity.
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