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HEPATOZOON SP. LIKE INFECTION IN RAT SNAKE (PTYAS MUCOSUS)

S. Vairamuthu, K. Senthilkumar, N. Pazhanivel, C. Balachandran1 and M.G. Jayathan Garaj
Centralised Clinical Laboratory Madras Veterinary College, Chennai-600 007, India

DOI:
Page Range:
230 - 231
Article ID:
ARCC1252
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Abstract
Adult rat snake blood sample and blood smear were received from Aringar Anna ZoologicalPark, Vandalur, Chennai. The haematological examination revealed haemoglobin (5 g/dL), packedcell volume (28%) and total erythrocyte count (7.8 millions/cmm). Differential leucocyte countrevealed heterophil (62%), lymphocyte (33%), monocyte (3%) and eosinophil (2%). Leishman-Giemsa stained (LG) blood smear revealed the presence of intracytoplasmic sausage shapedgametocytes in the erythrocytes was confirmed as Hepatozoon sp. like infection. Thehaemogregarines found in snakes usually belong to the genus Hepatozoon. Hepatozoon sp. likeinfection occurred in the rat snake could be due to the ingestion of the vector or due to bite ofany vectors.
Keywords
Adult rat snake, Hepatozoon sp. like infection
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