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1 October 2008 Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Populations in Northwestern Namibia Are Apparently Not Infected with Piroplasms
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Babesiosis is a potentially fatal disease in black rhinoceroses. Blood specimens collected from black rhinoceroses from Etosha National Park (n=29) and Damaraland (n=22), Namibia, were subjected to polymerase chain reaction using Theileria and Babesia genus-specific primers and reverse line blot, with negative results. The animals were sparsely infested with ticks. In the absence of suitable prophylactic measures, naı¨ve rhinoceroses would be at risk if translocated to Babesia-endemic areas.

Penzhorn, Oosthuizen, Bosman, Kilian, and Horak: Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Populations in Northwestern Namibia Are Apparently Not Infected with Piroplasms
Barend L. Penzhorn, Marinda C. Oosthuizen, Anna-Mari Bosman, J. Werner Kilian, and Ivan G. Horak "Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Populations in Northwestern Namibia Are Apparently Not Infected with Piroplasms," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44(4), 1032-1035, (1 October 2008). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-44.4.1032
Received: 13 August 2007; Published: 1 October 2008
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