Babesia Berbera

Synonyms: Babesiella berbera, Francaiella caucasica, Francaiella occidentalis (?).

Hosts: Cattle.

Location: Erythrocytes.

Geographic Distribution: North Africa, USSR, probably southern Europe.

Morphology: Same as B. bovis.

Life Cycle: Same as B. bovis. The vectors in North Africa are Boophilus calcaratus and Rhipicephalus bursa. Transmission occurs thru the egg in the former and stage-to-stage in the latter. The vector in the USSR is Ixodes ricinus.

Pathogenesis: Same as B. bovis.

Treatment: Same as B. bovis.

Remarks: As mentioned above, B. berbera is probably a synonym of B. bovis.