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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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Cloning of a truncated Babesia equi gene encoding an 82-kilodalton protein and its potential use in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.
Cloning of a novel Babesia equi gene encoding a 158-kilodalton protein useful for serological diagnosis.
Detection of Babesia equi and Babesia caballi antibodies in horses and donkeys in Mosul Iraq.
Detection of Babesia caballi and Babesia equi in Dermacentor nuttalli adult ticks.
Pentamidine has also been used by French workers in North Africa, for the treatment of Babesia equi [27].
Redescription of Babesia equi Lavern, 1901 as Theileria equi Mehlhorn, Schein, 1998, Parasitology Research, 84, 467-475.
Expression of Babesia equi merozoite antigen 2 during development of Babesia equi in the midgut and salivary gland of the vector tick Bo ophilus microplus.
The mechanical transmission of Babesia equi infection in a British herd of horses.
En el diagnostico de hemoparasitos por frotis de capa blanca se observo principalmente la presencia de Anaplasma phagocytophilum (32,6%), seguida por Trypanosoma evansi (7,3%) y Babesia equi (1,4%).
Ability of the vector tick Boophilus microplus to acquire and transmit Babesia equi following feeding on chronically infected horses with low-level parasitemia.
VMRD, a Pullman company that produces diagnostic test kits, has licensed the first test, for Babesia equi, and plans to license the second.