Barend L Penzhorn


Affiliation: University of Pretoria
Country: South Africa


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    Penzhorn B, Schoeman T, Jacobson L. Feline babesiosis in South Africa: a review. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004;1026:183-6 pubmed
    ..The drug of choice is primaquine phosphate, which effects a clinical cure but does not sterilize the infection. Repeated or chronic therapy may be required. ..
  2. Bosman A, Penzhorn B, Brayton K, Schoeman T, Oosthuizen M. A novel Babesia sp. associated with clinical signs of babesiosis in domestic cats in South Africa. Parasit Vectors. 2019;12:138 pubmed publisher
    ..lengau and B. leo, the species known to be pathogenic to cats in South Africa. Due to the lack of an appropriate type-specimen, we refrain from describing a new species but refer to the novel organism as Babesia sp. cat Western Cape. ..
  3. Penzhorn B. A century of teaching veterinary parasitology in South Africa - Lessons learnt. Vet Parasitol. 2018;252:62-66 pubmed publisher
    ..The 3 sub-disciplines are included in a 2-semester course, with a total contact time of 100 h, which barely meets the minimum recommended by the WAAVP. Various lessons learnt are discussed. ..
  4. Mweempwa C, Marcotty T, De Pus C, Penzhorn B, Dicko A, Bouyer J, et al. Impact of habitat fragmentation on tsetse populations and trypanosomosis risk in Eastern Zambia. Parasit Vectors. 2015;8:406 pubmed publisher
  5. Penzhorn B, Netherlands E, Cook C, Smit N, Vorster I, Harrison White R, et al. Occurrence of Hepatozoon canis (Adeleorina: Hepatozoidae) and Anaplasma spp. (Rickettsiales: Anaplasmataceae) in black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) in South Africa. Parasit Vectors. 2018;11:158 pubmed publisher
  6. Golezardy H, Oosthuizen M, Penzhorn B. Diversity of ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) infesting cheetahs (Acinoyx jubatus) at three breeding centres in South Africa and activity patterns of questing ticks. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2016;7:788-797 pubmed publisher
    ..Most questing H. elliptica larvae and nymphs were collected from the vegetation in the early morning and late afternoon and fewest during the middle of the day. ..
  7. Penzhorn B, Vorster I, Redecker G, Oosthuizen M. Confirmation of occurrence of <i>Babesia vogeli</i> in a dog in Windhoek, central Namibia. J S Afr Vet Assoc. 2016;87:e1-e3 pubmed publisher
    ..rossi-specific probes. Although attempts at cloning and sequencing of the full-length 18S rRNA gene were unsuccessful, we can confirm that B. vogeli occurs in central Namibia. ..
  8. Burroughs R, Penzhorn B, Wiesel I, Barker N, Vorster I, Oosthuizen M. Piroplasms in brown hyaenas (Parahyaena brunnea) and spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) in Namibia and South Africa are closely related to Babesia lengau. Parasitol Res. 2017;116:685-692 pubmed publisher
    ..lengau genotypes and/or gene variants. We suggest that these genotypes cannot be classified as new Babesia species, but rather as variants of B. lengau. This is the first report of occurrence of piroplasms in brown hyaenas. ..
  9. Penzhorn B, Vorster I, Harrison White R, Oosthuizen M. Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) are natural hosts of Babesia rossi, the virulent causative agent of canine babesiosis in sub-Saharan Africa. Parasit Vectors. 2017;10:124 pubmed publisher
    ..rossi (DQ111760) in GenBank. The observed sequence similarities were confirmed by phylogenetic analyses using neighbour joining and maximum parsimony. Black-backed jackals are natural hosts of B. rossi. ..

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    Penzhorn B. Babesiosis of wild carnivores and ungulates. Vet Parasitol. 2006;138:11-21 pubmed
    ..This could have major implications for ex situ conservation programmes aimed at bolstering natural wildlife populations. ..
  2. Penzhorn B. Why is Southern African canine babesiosis so virulent? An evolutionary perspective. Parasit Vectors. 2011;4:51 pubmed publisher