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Experimental transmission of Besnoitia caprae in goats : research communication

M.J. Njenga, E.K. Kang’ethe, O. Bwangamoi, S.J.M. Munyua, G.M. Mugera, E.R. Mutiga
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 70, No 4 | a788 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v70i4.788 | © 1999 M.J. Njenga, E.K. Kang’ethe, O. Bwangamoi, S.J.M. Munyua, G.M. Mugera, E.R. Mutiga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 1999 | Published: 12 July 1999

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M.J. Njenga,
E.K. Kang’ethe,
O. Bwangamoi,
S.J.M. Munyua,
G.M. Mugera,
E.R. Mutiga,

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Abstract

Experimental transmission of Besnoitia caprae from naturally chronically-infected goats to susceptible ones was achieved by intra-nasal instillation and intra-conjunctival inoculation of cystozoite-containing suspensions, subcutaneous implantation of fascia containing cysts and alternate needle pricking between the infected and non-infected goats. Typical chronic symptoms developed in the fascia-infected does. Cystozoite inoculation into the eyes and mouth did not result in infection. Kids born of dams with acute and chronic besnoitiosis did not contract the infection in utero, suggesting that intra-uterine transmission may not occur. In contrast to does with acute besnoitiosis, which occasionally aborted, the does with chronic besnoitiosis gave birth to healthy kids. Kids below the age of 4 months (pre-weaned period) born of both infected and non-infected does were susceptible to besnoitiosis but appeared to be more resistant than adult goats.

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Besnoitia Caprae; Goats; Transmission

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