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Tickborne disease
Babesia venatorum has not ‘just arrived’ in the UK
  1. William Weir,
  2. Alexander Gray,
  3. Brian Shiels and
  4. Frank Katzer
  1. University of Glasgow, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Garscube Campus, Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH
  2. Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
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Babesia venatorum is an emerging tickborne protozoal pathogen, which has been documented extensively in Europe and beyond. The application of modern discriminatory molecular methods has shown that this species is widely distributed in ticks in the UK. It was found to be the most frequently identified Babesia species in ixodid ticks collected from dogs in the UK1 following its first detection here in 2013.2

Our recent study documented the presence of B venatorum infection in a mammalian host in …

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