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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:6, June, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(6): 2023-2028

Co-Infection of Babesia bigemina and Ehrlichia sp. in a Holstein Friesian Bull – A Pathomorphological Report
N. Jayanthi1*, R. Saahithya1, N. Pazhanivel1 and C. Balachandran2
1Department of Veterinary Pathology, Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS, Chennai – 7, Tamil Nadu, India
2Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai – 51, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding author

A pure bred imported Holstein Friesian bull aged 4.5 years was brought for necropsy with a history of treatment for suspected anaplasmosis. Gross examination revealed a dehydrated carcass with pale mucous membranes. Pericardial sac contained about 75 mL of serosanguineous fluid. Myocardial and subendocardialecchymotic haemorrhages were seen in the heart. Lungs revealed patchy lobulated pattern and thickening of interlobular septa and emphysematous areas. Hepatic parenchyma was firm and tan yellow brown. Gall bladder contained about 25 mL of dark yellow green bile. Cortex and medulla of kidneys were dark red brown. Urinary bladder contained about 1.5 litres of coffee coloured urine suggesting haemoglobinuria. Peripheral and heart blood smears revealed Babesia bigemina in the erythrocytes and morula of Ehrlichia sp. in the monocytes with anaemic changes. Spleen imprints revealed macrophages with numerous Ehrlichia sp. Based on the above findings, the case was diagnosed as Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis.

Keywords: Bull, Holstein Friesian, Ehrlichia sp., Babesia bigemina, Pathomorphology

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Jayanthi N., R. Saahithya, N. Pazhanivel and Balachandran C. 2018. Co-Infection of Babesia bigemina and Ehrlichia sp. in a Holstein Friesian Bull – A Pathomorphological Report.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(6): 2023-2028. doi:
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