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Rev Sci Tech. 1990 Dec;9(4):1187-94.

Haemoparasites of equines: impact on international trade of horses.

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Institute of Parasitology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover, Federal Republic of Germany.


The geographical distribution of Babesia equi and Babesia caballi and their tick vectors is discussed. Control of infections with these protozoa is hampered by the lack of a suitable antiprotozoal drug and a reliable serological test. No vaccine is available. Ehrlichia risticii (the causal agent of Potomac horse fever) and E. equi are rickettsial parasites which are difficult to control. Little is known of their geographical distribution and vectors. Early diagnosis is required for tetracycline therapy to be effective and there is a need for a rapid test to provide an early diagnosis.

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