This is the first time that Babesia annae DNA has been reported in red foxes in Great Britain with positive samples being found across England and Scotland indicating that this parasite is well established within the red fox population of Britain.




  This is the first time that Babesia annae DNA has been reported in red foxes in Great Britain with positive samples being found across England and Scotland indicating that this parasite is well established within the
red fox population of Britain.
- Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated that though B. annae is closely related to B. microti it is a distinct species.
- Babesia are small piroplasmid parasites which are widely distributed throughout the world and are transmitted to hosts through the bite of infected ticks, transplacentally, mechanically through the exchange of blood, in dog fights, as well as transovarially and transstadially in ticks.
This study aimed to determine the prevalence of Babesia species DNA in lung exudate samples collected from red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) from across Great…
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