Haemotrophic mycoplasmas in South American camelids in Switzerland

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Kaufmann, C ; Meli, Marina L ; Robert, N ; Willi, Barbara ; Hofmann-Lehmann, Regina ; Wengi, Nicole ; Lutz, Hans ; Zanolari, P (2007)
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5167/uzh-129860
  • Subject: Department of Farm Animals | 630 Agriculture | 570 Life sciences; biology
    mesheuropmc: biochemical phenomena, metabolism, and nutrition | bacteria

The red blood cell parasite 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemolamae', formerly Eperythrozoon, is known to be widespread in South American camelids in the USA, causing anaemia in affected animals. Up to now, haemotrophic mycoplasmas were not observed in South American camelids in Europe; however, they were known in a herd of alpacas in Switzerland and to identify them as 'Candidatus M. haemolamae'. Possible ways of transmission are discussed.
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