Jurković i sur. (2018): Seroprevalence of vector-borne pathogens in dogs from Croatia. Parasitology Research.

07.02.2019., Istaknuti znanstveni radovi

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-018-6129-7


Canine vector-borne pathogens (VBPs) are a group of globally distributed and rapidly spreading microorganisms transmitted by arthropods. In the present survey, we investigated Anaplasma spp., Ehrlichia canisDirofilaria immitis and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato seroprevalence between three groups of dogs (asymptomatic, suspected and deceased) from continental and coastal regions of Croatia with the commercial point-of-care SNAP®4Dx®Plus for VBPs. The overall prevalence for tested pathogens in dogs was 6.1% with the highest prevalence detected for Anaplasma spp. (4.5%), while the remaining pathogens were found at a prevalence of less than 1% (Ecanis 0.6%, Bburgdorferi s.l. 0.4%, Dimmitis 0.6%). No statistically significant differences in VBP detection between dog cohorts could be found with the exception of Dimmitis in the deceased group. Interestingly, no evidence of Dimmitiscould be found in the hearts of dogs in this group at necropsy, however. This study provides the first data on the seroprevalence of selected VBPs between dogs of different health statuses in Croatia. The results demonstrate that serological evidence of VBPs alone or in combination with co-infections were found just as frequently in asymptomatic dogs as those with suspected or confirmed evidence of VBP disease, raising questions about the pathogenic potential of these organisms in domesticated dogs.


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