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Molecular Characterization of Theileria Species Associated with Mortality in Four Species of African Antelopes

By A. M. Nijhof, V. Pillay, J. Steyl, L. Prozesky, W. H. Stoltsz, J. A. Lawrence, B. L. Penzhorn and F. Jongejan


Pathogen DNA was isolated from roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus), sable antelope (Hippotragus niger), greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), and common gray duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia) in South Africa whose deaths were attributed to either theileriosis or cytauxzoonosis. We developed Theileria species-specific probes used in combination with reverse line blot hybridization assays and identified three different species of Theileria in four African antelope species. The close phylogenetic relationship between members of the genera Theileria and Cytauxzoon, similarities in the morphologies of developmental stages, and confusion in the literature regarding theileriosis or cytauxzoonosis are discussed

Topics: Clinical Veterinary Microbiology
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
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