Ulrich Wernery1 , Saritha Sivakumar1 , Klaus Henning2 , Helmut Hotzel2 , Anne Busch2 and Rolf Karl Schuster1 1 Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai, UAE 2 Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Institute of Bacterial Infections and Zoonoses, Jena, Germany .
During a routine health check of 12 breeding dromedary bulls using microscopy two of them were found to harbour trichomonad flagellates in their preputial washings. A PCR conducted on one of the samples did confirm trichomonads but not Tritrichomonas foetus. DNA sequencing identified the organism as Tetratrichomonas species. After repeated careful washings of the prepuce with oxidised water resampling revealed negative results.
Key words: Dromedary, PCR, sequencing, Tetratrichomonas, Trichomonosis