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Tickborne disease
Babesia in an untravelled dog in the UK
  1. Louise MacLeod and
  2. Ian Wright
  1. Good Companions Veterinary Clinic, 3 The Maltings, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire SG12 8HG
  2. ESCCAP UK and Ireland, The Mount Veterinary Practice,1 Harris Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6QX
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I recently saw a dog, which was brought in for routine pre-export blood tests (before travelling to New Zealand).

The dog, an eight-year-old male neutered Border collie, had not previously travelled abroad and was asymptomatic.

An initial PCR test for Babesia species was positive and on further typing this was confirmed as a small Babesia microti-like species, which goes by several names: Microti-like, Theileria annae and Babesia vulpes.

The dog had only had small lapses in its tick prevention treatments …

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