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A genus of parasitic sporozoans of the family Babesiidae that infect the red blood cells of humans and of animals such as dogs, cattle, and sheep.

[New Latin Babesia, genus name, after Victor Babeş (1854-1926), Romanian bacteriologist.]
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any of several species of parasite that affect humans and animals, esp Babesia bigemina, which causes fever in cattle
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(bəˈbi ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n., pl. -sias.
any protozoan of the genus Babesia, certain species of which are parasitic and pathogenic for warm-blooded animals.
[< New Latin (1893), after Victor Babeş (1854–1926), Romanian bacteriologist; see -ia]
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Babesia canis (large) and Babesia gibsoni (small) have been found to infect dogs (Schoeman and Leisewitz, 2006).
Prevalencia e identificacion de hemoparasitos (Ehrlichia canis, Babesia canis y Anaplasma phagocytophilum) en perros de la ciudad de Cuenca.
Novel foci of Dermacentor reticulatus ticks infected with Babesia canis and Babesia caballi in the Netherlands and in Belgium.
A study of cross-reactivity in serum samples from dogs positive for Leishmania sp., Babesia canis and Ehrlichia canis in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and indirect fluorescent antibody test.
News that dogs that have never travelled abroad have been found to be infected by Babesia canis is devastating.
Pentamidine isethionate and Diminazene aceturate has also been used for the treatment of Babesia gibsoni and Babesia canis [28].
Moretti et al., "Molecular characterisation of Babesia canis canis and Babesia canis vogeli from naturally infected European dogs," Veterinary Parasitology, vol.
Spanjer, "Three groups of Babesia canis distinguished and a proposal for nomenclature," Veterinary Quarterly, vol.
Among the 40 blood samples (suspicion of piroplasmosis), we confirmed the presence of Babesia canis in 12 samples by microscopic examination of blood smears (Giemsa staining), an overall prevalence of 30%.