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Catalano D.,University of Turin | Biasibetti E.,University of Turin | Lynen G.,Integrated Tick and Tick borne Disease Control Project | Lynen G.,Veterinary Services Professionals Ltd. | And 6 more authors.
Tropical Animal Health and Production | Year: 2015

“Ormilo” disease is a neurological disorder of cattle described by Maasai herders in Tanzania. It is attributed to infection by Theileria species, although no detailed data are available in the literature. The authors describe the macroscopical and histological changes observed in 30 brains of indigenous short-horn zebu cattle from Northern Tanzania, aged 2–9 years, with the characteristic neurological signs of “Ormilo”. Moreover, the ultrastructural details observed in 14 selected brain samples were reported. Areas of congestion and hemorrhages, associated with the obstruction of the cerebral vessels with large numbers of parasitized lymphoid cells, were observed. Electron microscopy showed the presence of intralymphocytic parasites morphologically comparable to flagellated protozoa, not previously described in the lymphoid cells of cattle, but only reported during the sexual stages within the vector. Theileria taurotragi was detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse line blot (RLB) in nine samples. The authors hypothesize that the parasite detected by electron microscopy could be a strain of a Theileria endemic to this region till now not investigated, having an intralymphocytic phase and being associated with other Theileria spp. infestation. Further studies are needed to better understand the etiology of “Ormilo” disease and to characterize the morphology of the observed parasite, clarifying its role in the disease in Tanzania. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Biasibetti E.,University of Turin | Sferra C.,University of Turin | Lynen G.,Veterinary Services Professionals LTD | Di Giulio G.,Veterinary Services Professionals LTD | And 4 more authors.
Tropical Animal Health and Production | Year: 2016

The Authors describe a severe vasculitis with fibrinoid necrosis of the meningeal arteries observed in two brains of indigenous short-horn zebu (Bos indicus) cattle, with bovine cerebral theileriosis (BCT) caused by a tick-transmitted hemoprotozoan, Theileria taurotragi, from Northern Tanzania. In the Author’s opinion, the role of T. taurotragi infection in the angiocentric and angiodestructive detected features remains to be evaluated. A possible immunopathologic cancerous mechanism, secondary to the lymphoid deregulation, could be involved. This report suggests further studies to better characterize the lymphoid cell involvement in the pathogenesis of the meningeal vascular lesions by T. taurotragi. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

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