A strain of Babesia bovis that had been attenuated by rapid syringe passage through a series of 23 splenectomized calves was unable to infect its vector Boophilus microplus. An attempt to transmit the attenuated Australian Babesia bigemina G strain with a South African strain of B. microplus was likewise unsuccessful. The epidemiological implication of these observations in terms of babesiosis control is discussed.
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