Demonstration of vermicules of Babesia species in haemolymph smears of Amblyomma variegatum in Nigeria
Keywords:Amblyomma variegatum; Babesia vermicule; Haemolymph; Cattle; Nigeria
The present study was conducted to investigate the presence of developmental stage (s) of Babesia species in Amblyomma variegatum. A total of 137 Amblyomma variegatum ticks (85 males and 52 females) were examined by haemolymph smears. Out of the examined male ticks, there were 41 nymphs and 44 adults. The female ticks were 23 nymphs and 29 engorged adults. Sixteen adult males and nine nymphs were positive for vermicules of Babesia species but only eight females
showed structures similar to Babesia vermicules. The present study recommends conducting molecular and experimental studies to confirm the type of Babesia parasite in Amblyomma variegatum tick.
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