This book is the result of a workshop on the control of theileriosis in eastern central and southern africa held at the lilongwe hotel malawi in 1988 originally intended as a review article on the epidemiology of theileriosis in africa with the objective of rationalizing the differences in patterns of the disease particularly those between eastern and southern africa the project grew. Theileriosis is the name given to infections caused by several species of theileria the most important of which in africa are theileria annulata and theileria parva their distributions in the continent are distinct and follow that of their main field tick vectors the annulata occurs in north africa and the nile river valley and the parva in sub saharan eastern central and southern africa. Play in the epidemiology of bovine theileriosis the occurrence control economic importance and continued research concerning the theileria spp in south africa are briefly discussed in this paper veterinary research institute department of agriculture and water supply onderstepoort 0110 south africa. There have been few studies specifically on the epidemiology of theileriosis in east africa the classical studies of yeoman 1966ab 1967 and mcculloch et al 1968ab investigated the cause of . Diagnostics of theileria is considered with regard to sensitivity and specificity of current molecular and serological assays and their use in epidemiology in the case of serological assays cross reactivity of genetically closely related species reduces the use of the gold standard indirect fluorescent antibody test ifat
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