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Screening for Hepatozoon parasites in gerbils and potential predators in South Africa

D. James Harris, Ana Pereira, Ali Halajian, Wilmien J. Luus-Powell, Katlego D. Kunutu
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 88 | a1339 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v88i0.1339 | © 2017 D. James Harris, Ana Pereira, Ali Halajian, Wilmien J. Luus-Powell, Katlego D. Kunutu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 September 2015 | Published: 08 February 2017

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D. James Harris, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Ana Pereira, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Ali Halajian, Department of Biodiversity, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Wilmien J. Luus-Powell, Department of Biodiversity, University of Limpopo
Katlego D. Kunutu, Department of Biodiversity, University of Limpopo, South Africa


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Abstract

Samples of gerbils and their potential predators were screened for the presence of Hepatozoon parasites (Apicomplexa: Adeleorina) using both microscopic examination and sequencing of partial 18S rRNA sequences. Positive samples were compared to published sequences in a phylogenetic framework. The results indicate that genets can be infected with Hepatozoon felis. A Cape fox was infected with Hepatozoon canis, whereas the sequence from an infected rodent fell within a group of parasites primarily recovered from other rodents and snakes.


Keywords

Gerbil; Hepatozoon; Hepatozoon felis; Hepatozoon canis; Gerbilliscus leucogaster; 18s rRNA

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