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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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