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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Pfitzer, Silke
Email chui4@telkomsa.net
URN etd-03032010-141016
Document Title Occurrence of tick-borne haemoparasites in nyala (Tragelaphus angasii) in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Degree MSc (Veterinary Tropical Diseases)
Department Veterinary Tropical Diseases
Advisor Name Title
Dr M C Oosthuizen Co-Supervisor
Prof B L Penzhorn Supervisor
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Tragelaphus angasii
  • tick-borne haemoparasites
  • South Africa
  • Eastern Cape Province
Date 2009-11-27
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A total of 143 blood samples of nyala (Tragelaphus angasii) from two regions in South Africa were tested for the presence of tick-borne haemoparasites by means of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse line blot (RLB) hybridisation. While most blood samples taken in EDTA blood turned out negative for the presence of haemoparasites, the majority of blood samples collected on Whatman® filter paper contained several different haemoparasites, often in combination. Samples from the Eastern Cape Province as well as from KwaZulu- Natal turned out positive. Prevalent haemoparasites were Theileria sp. (kudu), T. buffeli, T. bicornis, Theileria sp. (sable), T. taurotragi, Ehrlichia sp. Omatjenne, Anaplasma bovis and A. marginale. This serves as the first report of T. buffeli, T. sp. (kudu), T. bicornis, T. taurotragi, Ehrlichia sp. Omatjenne, A. marginale and A. bovis in nyala.

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Please cite as follows:

Pfitzer, S 2009, Occurrence of tick-borne haemoparasites in nyala (Tragelaphus angasii) in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, MSc (Veterinary Tropical Diseases) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-03032010-141016/ >

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