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1 October 2005 First Report of an Intraerythrocytic Small Piroplasm in Wild Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)
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A wild injured Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) was taken from the Sierra Morena population. During the health check small intraerythrocytic piroplasms, morphologically indistinguishable from other feline piroplasms, were observed in Wright-Giemsa-stained blood films. Amplification by polymerase chain reaction of a portion of the 18S nuclear small subunit (NSS) rRNA gene and sequencing revealed similarity of the unknown organism with sequences obtained from Pallas's cat from Mongolia and from a domestic cat in Spain. In a retrospective (1993–2003) study of 50 Iberian lynx tissue samples, no amplifications of the 18S NSS rRNA gene of the organism were obtained. This is the first report of a naturally occurring erythroparasitemia in the Iberian lynx and the first documented case of naturally occurring piroplasm infection in a free-ranging felid from Europe.

Luaces, Aguirre, García-Montijano, Velarde, Tesouro, Sánchez, Galka, Fernández, and Sainz: First Report of an Intraerythrocytic Small Piroplasm in Wild Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)
Inés Luaces, Enara Aguirre, Marino García-Montijano, Jorge Velarde, Miguel A. Tesouro, Celia Sánchez, Margarita Galka, Pilar Fernández and Ángel Sainz "First Report of an Intraerythrocytic Small Piroplasm in Wild Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 41(4), (1 October 2005). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-41.4.810
Received: 15 May 2004; Accepted: ; Published: 1 October 2005
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