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Theileria equi Blood smear examination

Parasites are small with single, pairs and clusters of 4 merozoites being the norm. (see images on right)

Theileria equi are fairly readily found in horses with acute infection, but are usually extremely difficult to find in carriers.

Merozoites often connected in a tetrad “maltese cross” (see image below)

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