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Detection and Prevalence of Babesia spp. in American Black Bears (Ursus americanus) from Eastern and Western North Carolina, USA
- Westmoreland, Lori S. H., Stoskopf, Michael K., Sheppard, Erica, DePerno, Christopher S., Gould, Nicholas P., Olfenbuttel, Colleen, Maggi, Ricardo G.
- Journal of wildlife diseases 2019 v.55 no.3 pp. 678-681
- Babesia, Chrysocyon brachyurus, Procyon lotor, Ursus americanus, animals, blood sampling, North Carolina
- Blood samples collected from American black bears (Ursus americanus) in eastern and western North Carolina, US, were analyzed for piroplasms. Piroplasmids were detected in 17% (23/132) of the animals surveyed. We detected a Babesia spp. previously identified in North American raccoons (Procyon lotor) and a maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus); prevalence was 22% (14/64) and 13% (9/68) in the mountain and coastal black bear populations, respectively. The presence of the same Babesia species in black bears, raccoons, and a maned wolf suggests piroplasms may not be host specific.