Bovine babesiosis

Course Navigation

Cerebral babesiosis: cherry-red discoloration of the brain due to distension of

Cerebral babesiosis: cherry-red discoloration of the brain due to distension of blood vessels with parasites erythrocytes

Term: 2013
Published: February 15, 2013
Revised: March 20, 2013

Babesiosis is one of the most important tick-borne diseases causing economic losses in cattle-production systems world-wide, especially in tropical and subtropical regions, where it is caused by both Babesia bigemina and Babesia bovis. In Northern Europe, bovine babesiosis is caused by Babesia divergens. In cattle, the parasites only occur in erythrocytes, and haemolysis is the primary mechanism leading to the development of clinical signs.

About The Instructor

Prof Banie Penzhorn

Prof Banie Penzhorn

  • BVSc(Pret), MAgric(Wildlife Science)(Texas A&M), DSc(Wildlife Management)(Pret)
  • Retired at the end of 2011, after a 31-year academic career at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Currently a part-time senior research fellow at the Faculty
  • Managing director of the South African Veterinary Association
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
This Work, Bovine babesiosis, by Prof Banie Penzhorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.