Diversity of Haemaphysalis-associated piroplasms of ruminants in Central-Eastern Europe, Hungary

S. Hornok, Nóra Takács, Jeno Kontschán, Zsolt György, Attila Micsutka, Serena Iceton, Barbara Flaisz, R. Farkas, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann

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Abstract

Background: Increasing numbers of genetic variants are being recognized among piroplasms, but the precise taxonomical status, the tick vector and the geographical range of several species or genotypes are still unknown. Bovine piroplasmosis was reported to re-emerge in north-east Hungary. Because Theileria-infection was newly diagnosed in one cattle herd in the same region of the country, the aim of this study was to molecularly identify the relevant agent, to find its local vector tick species, and to examine the range of Babesia/Theileria spp. of ruminants in Haemaphysalis sp. ticks collected previously in Hungary. Findings: Blood samples were drawn on two occasions from 90 dairy cattle in northern Hungary, and ticks were collected on their pastures. In addition, questing ticks (315 Haemaphysalis inermis, 259 H. concinna and 22 H. punctata), which originated mainly in the same region of the country from 2007, were included in the study. DNA was extracted from these samples, followed by molecular analysis for piroplasms. Conclusions: Results of this study broaden the range of piroplasms that are infective for ruminants in Central-Eastern Europe. Although bovine babesiosis and theileriosis was known to occur in Hungary, molecular evidence is provided here for the first time on the presence of Babesia and/or Theileria spp. of sheep, goats and cervids in Hungary.

Original languageEnglish
JournalParasites and Vectors
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 9 2015

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Eastern Europe
Hungary
Ruminants
Ticks
Theileria
Babesiosis
Babesia
Theileriasis
Goats
Sheep
Genotype
DNA
Infection

Keywords

  • Babesia
  • Cattle
  • Cervids
  • Small ruminants
  • Theileria
  • Tick

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Hornok, S., Takács, N., Kontschán, J., György, Z., Micsutka, A., Iceton, S., ... Hofmann-Lehmann, R. (Accepted/In press). Diversity of Haemaphysalis-associated piroplasms of ruminants in Central-Eastern Europe, Hungary. Parasites and Vectors. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-015-1236-0

Diversity of Haemaphysalis-associated piroplasms of ruminants in Central-Eastern Europe, Hungary. / Hornok, S.; Takács, Nóra; Kontschán, Jeno; György, Zsolt; Micsutka, Attila; Iceton, Serena; Flaisz, Barbara; Farkas, R.; Hofmann-Lehmann, Regina.

In: Parasites and Vectors, 09.12.2015.

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Hornok, S. ; Takács, Nóra ; Kontschán, Jeno ; György, Zsolt ; Micsutka, Attila ; Iceton, Serena ; Flaisz, Barbara ; Farkas, R. ; Hofmann-Lehmann, Regina. / Diversity of Haemaphysalis-associated piroplasms of ruminants in Central-Eastern Europe, Hungary. In: Parasites and Vectors. 2015.
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