Korean J Vet Res.  2021 Mar;61(1):e4. 10.14405/kjvr.2021.61.e4.

Molecular and serological surveillance of equine piroplasmosis in the Republic of Korea between 2016 and 2017

Affiliations
  • 1Parasitic and Honeybee Disease Laboratory, Bacterial and Parasitic Division, Department of Animal and Plant Health Research, Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, Gimcheon 39660, Korea
  • 2Korea Racing Authority, Gwacheon 13822, Korea

Abstract

Equine piroplasmosis (EP) is caused by Babesia caballi and Theileria equi infection. We investigated antigen and antibody of EP in horses in the Republic of Korea during 2016-2017. Antigen and antibody of T. equi was detected 0.06% (1/1,650). Phylogenetic analysis of 18S rRNA revealed that the T. equi was highly homologous with the strains from China, Mongolia, and Spain. Two Theileria spp. were also detected and highly homologous with T. buffeli, T. luwehshuni, and T. orientalis.

Keyword

tick-borne disease; horse diseases; equine piroplamosis; Theileria equi; 18S ribosomal RNA
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