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(invertebrate zoology)
The type genus of the Babesiidae, a protozoan family containing red blood cell parasites.
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(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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Capillary and venous Babesia canis rossi parasitaemias and their association with outcome of infection and circulatory compromise.
Cobb (1982).Clinical observational on Babesia gibsoni and Babesia canis infection in dogs, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 180, 507-511
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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.
Also, antigen tests aren't sensitive or specific enough to detect the infections, and tests don't even exist for many other bacteria, parasites, and organisms implicated in chronic Lyme disease, such as Borrelia bisetti, Babesia canis, and Babesia ovate.
The brown dog tick is known to sometimes carry a parasite of the red blood cells called Babesia canis, and the American dog tick can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.
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.
Es conocida como la garrapata marron del perro ya que es el mas comun ectoparasito de los caninos domesticos, ocasionalmente parasita otros huespedes, incluidos los humanos [8]; a cuyo entorno urbano esta bien adaptada [31], es vector de agentes patogenos, como Babesia canis, Ehrlichia canis, Rickettsia conorii [8]; Babesia vogeli, Hepatozoon canis y Rickettsia rickettsii, a traves de los cuales pueden causar enfermedades con manifestaciones clinicas, desde anemia, abscesos de piel [16].
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.
ticks are found in many countries in Europe, and are vectors for several pathogens, including Francisella tularensis, Coxiella burnetii, Rickettsia spp., and Babesia canis (1,2).
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. It is spread by ticks and is prevalent in Africa, Europe and Asia.
Peripheral blood smear examination showed both morula of Ehrlichia canis in monocytes and piroplasms of Babesia canis in RBCs (Fig.