Submitted to: Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals Third Edition
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/1/1999
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Anaplasmosis is an infectious, noncontagious disease of ruminant animals caused by the pathogenic microorganism Anaplasma marginale. The microorganism invades red blood cells leading to anemia that can be life threatening or mild. Wild ruminants can play a role in maintaining a reservoir of infection for transmission to other wild ruminants or to cattle. Features of the disease in wild ruminants are reviewed in this book chapter.
Technical Abstract: Anaplasmosis is an infectious, noncontagious disease of ruminants caused by ricksettiae in the genus Anaplasma. Anaplasmosis is best known as a disease of domestic cattle, sheep and goats, but a variety of wild ruminants also are susceptible to infection. Features of the disease are reviewed in this book chapter.