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1 December 2011 Survey of Ixodid Ticks and Two Tick-Borne Pathogens in African Buffaloes, Syncerus caffer, from the Caprivi Strip, Namibia
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A capture operation to ascertain health status in free-ranging buffaloes from six different areas in the Caprivi Strip in the northeast corner of Namibia was conducted in October 2009. Basic information on the ticks and tick-borne pathogens normally found in wildlife from this area are scarce. The objective of this study was to assess the host status of African buffaloes, Syncerus caffer, for ixodid ticks and two selected tick-borne pathogens in the Caprivi Strip, a key area bordering Angola, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Four different tick species have been identified among the 233 collected specimens, and, of 95 tested buffaloes, 54 (57%) were positive for Theileria parva, whereas only 3 (3%) showed evidence of being infected with Ehrlichia ruminantium.

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Ilaria Pascucci, Andrea Capobianco Dondona, Cesare Cammà, Maurilia Marcacci, Marco Di Domenico, Rossella Lelli, Massimo Scacchia, Mark Jago, Siegfried Khaiseb, Anna Laure Hager, Georgina Tjipura-Zaire, and Vincenzo Caporale "Survey of Ixodid Ticks and Two Tick-Borne Pathogens in African Buffaloes, Syncerus caffer, from the Caprivi Strip, Namibia," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42(4), 634-640, (1 December 2011). https://doi.org/10.1638/2011-0014.1
Received: 4 April 2011; Published: 1 December 2011
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