Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Online ISSN : 1347-7439
Print ISSN : 0916-7250
Parasitology
First molecular detection of tick-borne pathogens in dogs from Jiangxi, China
Weiqing ZHENGMingming LIUPaul Franck Adjou MOUMOUNIXiaoqing LIUArtemis EFSTRATIOUZhanbin LIUYangqing LIUHuiying TAOHuanping GUOGuanbo WANGYang GAOZifen LIAaron Edmund RINGOCharoonluk JIRAPATTHARASATEHaiying CHENXuenan XUAN
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2017 Volume 79 Issue 2 Pages 248-254

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In this study, blood samples obtained from 162 dogs in Jiangxi, China, were employed in molecular screening of canine tick-borne pathogens by PCR and sequencing. Babesia spp. gene fragment was detected in 12 (7.41%) dogs. All samples were negative for Hepatozoon spp., Ehrlichia canis, Coxiella spp., Borrelia spp., Rickettsia spp. and Anaplasma platys. Species-specific PCR analysis further confirmed that 8 (4.94%) and 4 (2.47%) dogs were infected by Babesia canis vogeli and Babesia gibsoni, respectively. Based on our analyses, Babesia spp. infection in Jiangxi appeared not related to age, gender, breed, usage, activity and health status or tick infestation history of the dogs. This is the first molecular report of Babesia canis vogeli and Babesia gibsoni in dogs from Jiangxi, China.

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