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An Australian dog diagnosed with an exotic tick-borne infection: Should Australia still be considered free from Hepatozoon canis?

Greay, T.L., Barbosa, A.D., Rees, R.L., Paparini, A.ORCID: 0000-0002-1105-5184, Ryan, U.M.ORCID: 0000-0003-2710-9324, Oskam, C.L. and Irwin, P.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-0006-8262 (2018) An Australian dog diagnosed with an exotic tick-borne infection: Should Australia still be considered free from Hepatozoon canis? International Journal for Parasitology, 48 (11). pp. 805-815.

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Abstract

Recent molecular and sero-surveillance studies of the tick-borne pathogen Hepatozoon canis have identified new hosts, potential vector species, and have revealed that H. canis is more widespread than previously thought. We report the first diagnosed case of canine hepatozoonosis in Australia from a Maremma Sheepdog in Sarina, Queensland. Hepatozoon canis was detected with blood smear examination and 18S rRNA sequencing. It is unknown when or how the organism was introduced into Australia, which raises questions about border biosecurity policies and the H. canis infection status of its potential vectors and hosts in Australia. Surveillance for this pathogen is required to determine whether H. canis has established in Australia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2018 Australian Society for Parasitology
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/41691
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