MOLECULAR DETECTION OF BABESIA BIGEMINA AND BABESIA BOVIS IN CATTLE IN BEHAIRA GOVERNORATE
Nasr M. El-Bahy, Soad M. Menshawy, Wael M. Goda, Sherif M. Nasr, Mahmoud R. AbouLaila, Eman K. Bazh and Abdelrahman A. Abou-Rwash*
A total of 839 cattle were examined for Babesia spp. infection in Behaira Governorate, the prevalence of Babesia
bigemina and Babesia bovis was 77 (9.18%) and 2 (0.24%) using Giemsa stained blood smears and the results were
confirmed by PCR. Also, the results revealed that Babesia spp. reach its peak in summer (19.43%), and the lowest
one in winter (1.05%), concerning to the locality the infection rate of Babesia spp. was highest in El- Dalangat
(14.29%) and lowest in Abouhomos (5.2%). According to the age, the results of our study revealed that animals
less than one year showed less prevalence Babesia spp. (5.17%), and the most prevalent was animals more than
three years (10.31%).
Keywords: cattle- Babesia- PCR- Behaira.
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