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Antibody to Babesia in Scottish Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)


Babesia spp. have a world wide distribution in domestic animals1; and have also been described in wild animals2,3. The occurrence of this protozoon, however, is poorly known since the organism is rarely detectable in blood films except for a short period soon after initial infection. After this time, if the host survives, the infection becomes latent. Infections may be diagnosed by serological methods. The indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) test has the practical advantage that it is simple to perform and requires only a small volume of serum; it can also be carried out with blood collected on filter paper.

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