Prevalence and molecular detection of Anaplasma marginale, Babesia bovis and Babesia bigemina in cattle from Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. Academic Article uri icon


  • A study was conducted in 2008 to determine the prevalence of Anaplasma and Babesia infections in cattle in the Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica. Blood samples were taken from a total of 449 cattle during the month of March at 30 farms in the region of Espiritu Santu, Costa Rica. Commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) were used to determine presence of antibodies to Babesia bigemina and Anaplasma marginale, and real-time PCR was used to determine the presence of DNA from the disease-causing organisms. The ELISA results indicated that 87.5% of the cattle sampled were positive for antibodies to A. marginale, while 59.1% were positive for antibodies to B. bigemina. The real-time PCR results showed that 235 cattle were carrying A. marginale DNA (56.9%), 6 with B. bigemina DNA (1.34%), and 2 with B. bovis DNA (0.45%).

published proceedings

  • Vet Parasitol

author list (cited authors)

  • Shebish, E., Vemulapalli, R., & Oseto, C.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Shebish, Emily||Vemulapalli, Ramesh||Oseto, Christian

publication date

  • January 2012