E-ISSN 2146-3077
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Theileria Infections in Small Ruminants in the East and Southeast Anatolia
1 Fırat Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Elazığ  
2 Fırat Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Elazığ, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2007; 31: 268-271

Key Words: sheep, goat, Theileria ovis, Theileria lestoquardi, PCR
Abstract

This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of Theileria (T.) ovis and to investigate the presence of T. lestoquardi in small ruminants by microscopic examination (ME) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the East and Southeast Anatolia. Whole blood samples (677 sheep and 142 goats) and thin blood smears (656 sheep and 139 goats) were collected from Malatya, Muş, Erzincan, Erzurum, Iğdır, Diyarbakır and Mardin. Piroplasms of Theileria spp. were detected in 18.29% (120/656) of sheep and 2.88% (4/139) of goats by ME. T. ovis was detected in 58.79% (398/677) of sheep and 11.27% (16/142) of goats by PCR whereas T. lestoquardi was not detected in the same animals. 

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