A new Hepatozoon species from dogs: Description of the causative agent of canine hepatozoonosis in north America

Nancy A. Vincent-Johnson, Douglass K. Macintire, David S. Lindsay, Stephen D. Lenz, Gad Baneth, Varda Snkap, Byron L. Blagburn*

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Abstract

A new species of Adeleina, Hepatozoon americanum, is described from the skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle, visceral organs, and blood of dogs (Canis familiaris) in the Southern United States. The organism was previously identified as Hepatozoon canis (James, 1905) Wenyon, 1926; however, differences in clinical signs, histopathological and serological findings, gamont size, and ultrastructure define the new species of Hepatozoon. Attempts to transmit the protozoan from infected dogs to nymphal Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks, the definitive host of H. canis, were not successful.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1165-1172
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Parasitology
Volume83
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1997

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