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

F. Lampen, R. Bhoora, N.E. Collins, B.L. Penzhorn
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 80, No 4 | a223 | DOI: | © 2009 F. Lampen, R. Bhoora, N.E. Collins, B.L. Penzhorn | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 May 2009 | Published: 28 May 2009

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F. Lampen,
R. Bhoora,
N.E. Collins,
B.L. Penzhorn,

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A 10-year-old tame zebra gelding was presented after suffering from 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.


Burchell’s Zebra; Equus Quagga Burchelli; Piroplasmosis; Theileria Equi; Treatment


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