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Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) populations in Northwestern Namibia are apparently not infected with piroplasms
- Penzhorn, Barend L., Oosthuizen, Marinda C., Bosman, Anna-Mari, Kilian, J. Werner, Horak, Ivan G.
- Journal of wildlife diseases 2008 v.44 no.4 pp. 1032-1035
- Diceros bicornis, ticks, DNA primers, cattle, polymerase chain reaction, disease prevention, Theileria, disease transmission, protozoal infections, Babesia, disease diagnosis, Namibia
- Babesiosis is a potentially fatal disease in black rhinoceroses. Blood specimens collected from black rhinoceroses from Etosha National Park (n = 29) and Damaraland (n = 22), Namibia, were subjected to polymerase chain reaction using Theileria and Babesia genus-specific primers and reverse line blot, with negative results. The animals were sparsely infested with ticks. In the absence of suitable prophylactic measures, naïve rhinoceroses would be at risk if translocated to Babesia-endemic areas.