Hepatozoon canis in three imported dogs: a new tick-borne disease reaching the United Kingdom

Charalampos Attipa*, David Maguire, Laia Solano-Gallego, Balazs Szladovits, Emily N. Barker, Alison Farr, Gad Baneth, Séverine Tasker

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An increasing number of non-endemic vector-borne pathogens have been described in dogs imported to the UK in the past two decades. Recently, an outbreak of canine babesiosis in south-east England has raised veterinary awareness with regard to the impact of such diseases on the UK canine population. Canine hepatozoonosis, caused by Hepatozoon canis and transmitted by the ingestion of Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks, is widespread in the Mediterranean basin. Herein we describe the first three molecularly confirmed clinical cases of canine hepatozoonosis in dogs imported into the UK. Veterinarians in the UK should be aware of H. canis as a potential infection in imported dogs, especially in the face of the expanding distribution of R. sanguineus ticks in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Article number716
Number of pages7
JournalVeterinary Record
Issue number23
Early online date21 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2018


  • Canine tickborne pathogens
  • Dog
  • Hepatozoon canis
  • Hepatozoonosis
  • Imported disease
  • UK


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