Seroprevalence of bovine babesiosis around Kayseri

Inci A., Cakmak A., Karaer Z., Dincer S., Sayin F., Ica A.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF VETERINARY & ANIMAL SCIENCES, vol.26, no.6, pp.1345-1350, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1345-1350
  • Keywords: B. bigemina, B. bovis, B. divergens, cattle, IFAT
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


This study was carried out on cattle to detect the seroprevalence of babesiosis around Kayseri between July 1997 and January 1999. During this period a total of 191 cattle were examined for the Babesia species. Blood samples were collected from the cattle to obtain sera. During sampling, thick and thin blood smears were prepared from the punctured tail of each animal. Ticks were collected from the animals sampled. The sera were tested for the presence of antibodies to the Babesia species by IFAT. The blood smears were stained with 5% Giemsa's stain solution, and were examined microscopically with oil immersion. The collected ticks were kept alive and identified in the laboratory prior to dissection. After dissection, the Giemsa-stained preparations of haemolymph and ova were examined for the presence of Babesia vermicules.