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Identification of Babesia bovis and Cowdria ruminantium on the island of Unguja, Zanzibar
  1. EJ Flach,
  2. JD Woodford,
  3. SP Morzaria,
  4. TT Dolan and
  5. I Shambwana
  1. Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Zanzibar, Tanzania.


Babesia bovis and Cowdria ruminantium were identified for the first time in cattle on Unguja Island, Zanzibar. B bovis is common and widespread, although clinical disease had not been diagnosed previously. The vector of heartwater, Amblyomma variegatum, is found throughout Unguja but C ruminantium appears to be more localised in distribution than B bovis.

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