Hepatozoon


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Hepatozoon

(hep'ă-tō-zō'on),
A genus of coccidian parasites (family Haemogregarinidae), in which schizogony occurs in the visceral organs, gametogony in the leukocytes or erythrocytes of vertebrate animals, and sporogony in certain ticks and other blood-sucking invertebrates. Hepatozoon canis occurs in dogs, cats, jackals, and hyenas, but is most pathogenic in dogs, in which it may cause serious disease and death; other species affected include rats, mice, rabbits, and squirrels.
[hepato- + G. zōon, animal]

Hepatozoon

a genus of protozoan parasites in the family Haemogregarinidae.

Hepatozoon canis
found in dogs and other canines and in cats, in circulating leukocytes and bone marrow cells. Transmitted by the tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus. Causes intermittent fever, anemia, loss of weight, splenomegaly and posterior paralysis, but many infected animals are clinically normal.
Hepatozoon cuniculi
occurs in rabbits.
Hepatozoon griseisciuri
occurs in gray squirrels.
Hepatozoon muris
occurs in rats and transmitted by rat mites.
Hepatozoon musculi
found in white mice.
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