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(invertebrate zoology)
The type genus of the Babesiidae, a protozoan family containing red blood cell parasites.



(or Piroplasma), a genus of protozoa of the order Piroplasmidae, class Sarcodina. The name was given in 1893 in honor of the Rumanian scholar V. Babe§, who first discovered the parasites in 1888 in the blood of cattle.

Some authors divide the genus Babesia into four genera or subgenera (Piroplasma. Nuttallla, Babesiella, and Franca-iella). Babesias are blood parasites of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and dogs. They cause a serious disease, babesiasis. In the erythrocytes of mammals babesias multiply asexually, with each one dividing into two or four organisms. Babesias are transmitted by ticks, in whom they reproduce asexually in the intestinal tract or in the intracellular spaces. In this situation forms of babesias can orginate in the ovule of the tick and remain there multiplying asexually. From such infected tick eggs come larvae with babesias in all their organs and salivary glands. When a tick sucks the blood of a vertebrate animal, babesias are transmitted to that organism and they then become lodged in the erythrocytes. In the USSR there are ten species; the main ones are B. bigemina (Piro-plasma bigeminum), B. bovis (Piroplasma bovis, Babesiella bovis), and B. ovis (Piroplasma ovis, Babesiella ovis).


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After 5th day, the blood samples were re-evaluated by parasitological examination and observed that infection of Babesia canis was completely cured, but it showed moderate level of Babesia gibsoni infection.
Clinical observational on Babesia gibsoni and Babesia canis infection in dogs, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 180, 507-511
The absence of Babesia canis on the smear does not exclude the presence of the disease (Smith and Kakoma, 1989) and the presence of ticks and the symptoms never confirms the disease.
Bliss, an 11-year-old West Highland terrier, was killed by babesia canis - a disease carried by ticks - within a month of returning from France.
Babesia canis canis, Babesia canis vogeli, Babesia canis rossi: differentiation of the three subspecies by a restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis on amplified small subunit ribosomal RNA genes.
Uma semana antes da inoculacao experimental, os animais foram submetidos a coletas de sangue para testes sorologicos (Reacao de Imunofluorescencia Indireta - RIFI), para confirmacao de ausencia de infeccao ou contato previo com Babesia canis, Leishmania spp.
But there are many horrible diseases lurking, just waiting for a warm wind to blow in the wrong direction, including: Babesiosis - this particular delight is caused by the protozoan parasite, Babesia canis.
Ehrlichia canis (canine monocytic ehrlichiosis), Anaplasma phagocytophilum (canine granulocytic ehrlichiosis), Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease), Hepatozoon canis (Hepatozoonosis), Babesia canis (canine babesiosis), Babesia gibsoni (canine babesiosis), Dirofilaria immitis (Heartworm disease), Leishmania tropica (canine leishmaniosis) and Dipylidium caninum (intermediate host) (Soulsby, 1982).
Por sus habitos alimenticios, causa molestia, irritacion, perdida de sangre y desempena un papel fundamental como vector de agentes virales, bacterianos y protozoarios hemotropicos causantes de diversas enfermedades (Ehrlichia canis, Anaplasma platys, Hepatozoon canis, Babesia canis, Mycoplasma canis) [2,11].
Notably, this breed seems to be at increased risk for Babesia canis infection (15).
1%) for Babesiosis (8 dogs for Babesia canis and 5 dogs for B.