Autochthonous canine babesiosis caused by Babesia canis canis in Latvia

Inese Berzina, Valentina Capligina, Viesturs Baumanis, Renate Ranka, Dina Cirule, Ilze Matise

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This is the first report of confirmed canine babesiosis in Latvia supporting the observed geographical expansion of this disease. Between 2009 and 2011 three dogs which have not traveled outside of Latvia were diagnosed with babesiosis. Hematological analysis and serological tests for granulocytic anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and borreliosis were negative (Idexx SNAP 4Dx test). Peripheral blood erythrocytes of the three dogs contained large Babesia that were identified as Babesia canis canis by PCR. Sequences of partial 18S rRNA gene were 98-100% similar to the sequences of B. canis canis isolated from dogs in other European countries. We conclude that these are the first autochthonous canine babesiosis cases reported from Latvia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-518
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Issue number3/4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Autochthonous
  • Babesia canis canis
  • Canine babesiosis
  • Latvia
  • PCR

Field of Science*

  • 4.3 Veterinary science

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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