Samples were submitted from a Gasconne breed, three years old bovine with widespread congestion, ecchymosis and a gritty appearance of the subcutaneous adipous tissue. These lesions also involved the skeletal muscular tissue. Meat inspectors suspected of an inflamatory subcutaneous condition.

Histopathology revealed the presence of multiple protozoan intracellular cysts among the muscular fibres and subcutanous adipous tissue cells. The morphology of the cysts was typical of the Sarcocystidae protozoan family, very probably from the genus Besnoitia, in cattle the most common species is B.besnoiti.

Carcass with a congestive appearance and the presence of ecchymosis.

Carcass with a congestive appearance and the presence of ecchymosis.

Detail of the altered texture of the subcutaneous adipous tissue. Note the presence of minuscule whitish nodules of gritty appearance, which correspond to the Besnoitia bradyzoites cysts, big enough to be seen with the naked eye.

Detail of the altered texture of the subcutaneous adipous tissue. Note the presence of minuscule whitish nodules of gritty appearance, which correspond to the Besnoitia bradyzoites cysts, big enough to be seen with the naked eye.

Haematoxylin eosin microphotography. One of the multiple cysts observed (center), of a considerable size, containing numerous besnoitia bradyzoites among the muscle fibers (right) and associated to an inflammatory reaction (top, left).

Haematoxylin eosin microphotography. One of the multiple cysts observed (center), of a considerable size, containing numerous besnoitia bradyzoites among the muscle fibers (right) and associated to an inflammatory reaction (top, left).

Direct microscopic observation of connective tissue of an animal with besnoitiasis. The spherical structures are the cysts.

Direct microscopic observation of connective tissue of an animal with besnoitiasis. The spherical structures are the cysts.