Acta Vet. Brno 2018, 87: 255-260

Frequency of Babesia vogeli in domestic dogs in the metropolitan area of Piura, Peru

Luis Cerro Temoche1, Renata Assad1, Eloy S. Seabra-Junior2, Tatiana Didonet Lemos3, Nadia Almosny2

1Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Veterinary School, Postgraduate Veterinary Medicine Program, Niterói, RJ, Brazil
2Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Department of Pathology and Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Niterói, RJ, Brazil
3Centro Universitário Serra dos Orgãos (UNIFESO), Health Sciences Center, Teresópolis, RJ, Brazil

Received February 24, 2017
Accepted May 15, 2018

The aim of this study was to assess the presence of piroplasms in dogs in the metropolitan region of the city of Piura, Peru. Two hundred and twelve canine blood samples were randomly collected. The deoxyribonucleic acid was extracted from each blood sample and was tested using the polymerase chain reaction, restriction fragment length polymorphism and sequence analyses. The study showed the occurrence of Babesia vogeli. For the first time, this approach revealed the presence of canine babesiosis caused by B. vogeli in Peru. This highlights the need to test for pathogens that might be responsible for causing canine babesiosis, through using proper molecular tools.


The authors thank the Brazilian federal funding body Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Ensino Superior (CAPES) and the state funding body Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ) for awarding fellowships during the period of this study.


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