Identification of Babesia Parasite in Ruminants in District Dera Ismail Khan

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Saif U Din
Saqib Hafeez
Junaid Tariq
Saira Rani
Sundus Fayaz
Dil Awaiz


Background: Babesiosis, a significant tick-borne disease, poses a growing threat to small ruminants and public health due to the pathogenic Babesia parasite. This study focuses on the prevalence of Babesia in cows within the district of Dera Ismail Khan and its impact on red blood cells.

Objective: The primary objective of this research was to detect the presence of the Babesia parasite in cows and assess its effects on red blood cells.

Methods: Fifty blood samples were randomly collected from cows in Dera Ismail Khan. These samples underwent Giemsa staining and were subsequently examined under a light microscope to identify the presence of the Babesia parasite.

Results: Of the 50 blood samples analyzed, only 5 (10%) tested positive for Babesia. This suggests a lower prevalence of babesiosis in the region. The parasite was observed to cause significant destruction of red blood cells.

Conclusion: Although babesiosis is not widely prevalent in Dera Ismail Khan, its impact on infected cows is severe, leading to the destruction of red blood cells. Effective monitoring and control measures are essential to mitigate its spread and impact.

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Saif U Din, Saqib Hafeez, Junaid Tariq, Saira Rani, Sundus Fayaz, & Dil Awaiz. (2024). Identification of Babesia Parasite in Ruminants in District Dera Ismail Khan. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(2), 815–819.
Author Biographies

Saif U Din, University of Agriculture Dera Ismail Khan

M.Phil Zoology, University of Agriculture, Dera Ismail Khan

Saqib Hafeez, Gomal University Dera Ismail

BS Zoology Gomal University Dera Ismail

Junaid Tariq, Islamia University Bahawalpur

M.Phil Zoology, Islamia University Bahawalpur

Saira Rani, University of Sargodha

M.Phil Scholar, Department of Zoology, University of Sargodha

Sundus Fayaz, Gomal University Dera Ismail

BS Zoology Gomal University Dera Ismail

Dil Awaiz, Gomal University Dera Ismail

BS Zoology Gomal University Dera Ismail


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