Sheep as Host Species for Zoonotic Babesia venatorum, United Kingdom

Published Date
Journal
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Citation
Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 Dec;25(12):2257-2260
DOI
10.3201/eid2512.190459
Authors
Gray A
Capewell P
Loney C
Katzer F
Shiels BR
Weir W
Abstract

Babesia venatorum is an increasingly prominent zoonotic parasite that predominantly infects wild deer. Our molecular examination of Babesia infecting mammals in the United Kingdom identified 18S sequences in domestic sheep isolates identical to zoonotic B. venatorum. Identification of this parasite in livestock raises concerns for public health and farming policy in Europe.