The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory’s (TVMDL) Clinical Pathology Section Head, Julie Piccione, DVM, MS, DACVP recently authored a manuscript published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine on Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF).
TBRF is caused by several bacteria in the genus Borrelia, which are transmitted by Ornithodoros spp. ticks within seconds of feeding. The hallmark diagnostic features of this infection are thrombocytopenia and the visualization of spirochete bacteria on standard blood film examination. Microscopic blood smear evaluation is included with all complete blood counts performed at TVMDL and can aid in the diagnosis of TBRF.
The article examines five different cases of canine Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever in Texas dogs. Read the article free online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jvim.14363/full