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Parasitol Today. 1996 May;12(5):195-8.

Control of Babesia equi parasitemia.

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Animal Disease Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-7030, USA.


Infection of horses with the hemoprotozoan Babesia equi has been reported in southern Florida, US Virgin Islands, part of Asia, Russia, India, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, Central America, Mexico, Philippine Islands and some Caribbean islands. The restrictions placed on the international movement of infected horses has refocused attention on potential methods to control or eliminate infection. Don Knowles here discusses the primary chemotherapeutic compounds that have been used; the current knowledge concerning immune responses that potentially contribute to control of the parasite, and the development of infection of severe combined immuno-deficient foals as a model to dissect potential mechanisms of immunological control.

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