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Cattle blood analyses for parasitic infestation in Mosul, Iraq
Al-Abadi B.H1 and Al-Badrani B.A2
Department of Internal and Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq

Microscopic examination of blood smears from 220 cattle of different regions in Mosul, Iraq revealed eight genus of parasites. Some of them were intraerythrocytic parasites like Theileria spp. (15.78%), Babesia spp. (10.0%), and Anaplasma spp. (8.0%). Other were Mycoplasma wenyonii (3.15%) and Trypanosoma spp. (6.48%), tachyzoite of Toxoplasma gondii (2.63%) and Microfilaria of Setaria spp (1.61%). Ehrlichia spp. (13.16%) were seen inside the cytoplasm of leukocytes. Trypanosoma evansi (23.07%), T. theileri (23.07%) and T. uniform (15.38%) were classified in this study according to the morphological characteristic and biometrical analysis. High parasitemia was recorded with Hemoplasma (50-100%) in comparison with other infections and most of these infections were in acute stage of the disease. Morphological changes of erythrocyte, leukocytes and platelets showed association with most of these blood parasites infections. Apoptosis in peripheral blood was detected during the acute T. evansi infection in cattle under light microscope. In the present study, we reported the blood parasites detected in cattle of Mosul, Iraq for the first report in Mosul, Iraq.

Keywords: Blood smear; blood parasites; cattle, Mosul, Iraq
To cite this article: Al-Abadi BH and BA Al-Badrani, 2012. Cattle blood analyses for parasitic infestation in Mosul, Iraq. Res. Opin. Anim. Vet. Sci., 2(11), 535-542.

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