Besnoitiosis is a protozoan disease of the skin, subcutis, blood vessels, mucous membranes, and other tissues" of animals. It "is endemic in tropical and sub-tropical regions with high infection rate but low mortality"; however, it is rare in other regions.

The causative organisms of the cutaneous disease, and the affected animals include:

Besnoitia besnoiti in cattle (swelling of the lymph nodes, subcutaneous swellings, diarrhea, abortion and infertility) Besnoitia bennetti in horses and donkeys (characterized by a widespread, serious dermatitis) Besnoitia jellisoni and B. wallacei in rodents Besnoitia tarandi in reindeer and caribou Besnoitia darlingi in lizards, opossums, and snakes Besnoitia sauriana in lizards Viscerotropic strains of B.besnoiti in African antelope An unidentified Besnoitia species in goats in Iran, New Zealand, and Kenya
Broader Problems:
Protozoan parasites
Medicine Specific diseases
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST