Equine Health Update EHU Vol 20 Issue 01 - Page 8

EQUINE | Disease Equine Piroplasmosis in South Africa Dr Rick Last – BVSc, M.Med.Vet (Pathology) Specialist Veterinary Pathologist Introduction Equine piroplasmosis is a tick transmitted disease that results from infection with either Theileria equi or Babesia caballi. There have been very rare instances of Babesia bovis infection documented in horses. Infection has been reported in horses, mules, donkeys and zebra with zebras acting as an important reservoir of infection in Africa. Equine piroplasmosis is reported to be widespread in South Africa, with the highest prevalence of disease in Af &6&W'FVB6WFg&6&6VBFRfFw2bWG&W'F&7F27FvW2vFWVRW&W&&@V6V"6V2'v6&6V֖6BvVWF2WfFV6R&&W6WVv2&V676fV@2FVW&WV&&W66&ƒ7W'&VFǐ&V2676fVB26766&&W6WFV֖wWVR&6622F6G&6֗GFVBF6V6R`WVG2v6&WV&W2FR&W6V6Rb6WFV@'F&BfV7F"FW'67BvFWVRVF2खfV7FVB2&V6'&W'2f"rW&G0B7B26W&6W2bfV7FFFW"F62FPG&GV7Fb6'&W"2F&V2vW&P6WFVBF6fV7F'2&R&WfVB6&W7VBWF27&VBbFRF6V6RfW"B7V6W0bF62FRvVW&&W2&6WW2BFW&6VF"7B2fV7F'2bWVP&6626WFg&6&6WW2WfW'G6WfW'G62FRfV7F"b&FFVW&WV@&&W66&ƒƖfR76RBG&6֗76F6G&6֗76bF6V6R667W"2f&0VǒG&7FFG&7FF"G&6f&FVW&WVvFW2FBVFǒF62@FW2G&6f&G&6֗762BFVvBF67W"F62G&6֗GFrFW6R&F&V6RfV7FV@2'fRBG&6֗BFRfV7F22 &V6RfV7FVB22BG&6֗BFRfV7F2GVG2G&7FFG&6֗766W'F7V6W0bF627V62&6WW2֖7&W2G&7FFG&6֗76bBWV67W'2vW&'FR6R7FvPbF6FB7V&W2FRfV7FG&6֗G2B&&W66&ƒ6VFǒvFF62BfFR`FRF62&v26VFrf&W2vF"6&ƒ&Vp&VFǒ76VBFFRWBvVW&FbF62FPVvrG&6f&G&6֗76FFF&&W66&ƒ26VffV7FfVǒG&6֗GFVBG&7FFǒ'G2fV7F'2FVW&WV7&FW27VFVBFFRWVP7BfF6&FRfFRǖ7FW2BVFW&vFWfVVBFf&G&ǖ7F266G2W&FW2&VV6VBg&FW6R66G2fFR&V@&B6V2BG&6f&FG&FW2FfFR@w&rFFR6762V"6VBFWG&G2( FW6P7&76W>( fwW&R&&W66&ƒ7&FW2G&6֗GFVBFWVW0fF6&FW2FRFW"BfFRW'F&7FW0F&V7FǒvFffVVBbFRǖ7FW2@W&RFWG&6f&FG&FW2v6w&r@FfFRf&&VBf"V"6VBW&FW0v6&R6&RbfV7FrWr&VB&B6V0( "WVRVFWFFR(