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1 March 2013 Detection of a Babesia Species in a Bobcat from Georgia
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We describe the first detection of a Babesia sp. in a Lynx rufus (Bobcat). The Bobcat was from Georgia and was coinfected with Cytauxzoon felis and a Sarcocystis sp. The Babesia species was closely related to Babesia sp. “Coco”, a parasite previously only detected in Canis familiaris (Domestic Dog). The only other Babesia sp. in North America that infects felids is a novel Babesia species in Puma concolor coryi (Florida Puma). The low prevalence of this Babesia (<1%) in Bobcats suggests that they are not the normal host or reservoir and this may have been an incidental infection.

Barbara C. Shock, J. Mitchell Lockhart, Adam J. Birkenheuer, and Michael J. Yabsley "Detection of a Babesia Species in a Bobcat from Georgia," Southeastern Naturalist 12(1), 243-247, (1 March 2013). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.012.0120
Published: 1 March 2013
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