If your pet has an elevated C-reactive protein level (CRP), it may be a sign of blood parasites. Babesia microti and babesia divergens are intraerythrocytic parasites. Babesia microti has a maltese cross form, which closely resembles the early ring stages of Plasmodium spp. Babesia divergens, on the other hand, forms widely divergent pyriform pairs on the periphery of the erythrocyte. Although they are often confused with malaria parasites, they are distinct and should be distinguished from each other.
Diagnosis of blood parasites is becoming increasingly important due to the spread of imported parasitic disease. Clinical haematology laboratories should be competent enough to detect and differentiate between these blood parasites. For example, the ability to diagnose malaria is an indication of a clinical haematology laboratory’s competence, and it is important to consider the merits of the various diagnostic methods available. In the following sections, we will discuss the importance of recognizing blood parasites in humans and the benefits of using these tests.
Diagnosis of blood parasites requires detailed examination of tissues, including smears of thin blood stained with Giemsa staining. Blood cells are often released from a clot by opening the heart or scraping it with a microscope slide. The results of blood smears are used to correlate the stages of blood parasites with tissue morphology. If these methods are not adequate, a parasite may be present.
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