Tick-borne pathogens and disease in dogs on St. Kitts, West Indies.
Amanda D Loftis, Patrick J Kelly, Mark D Freeman, Susan Fitzharris, Janet Beeler-Marfisi, Chengming Wang
Veterinary Parasitology | Elsevier BV | Published : 2013
Between 2009 and 2011, we conducted a case-control study of ticks and tick-associated pathogens affecting dogs on the island of St. Kitts, eastern Caribbean, including 55 cases of clinically suspected tick-borne disease (TBD) and 110 presumably healthy animals presented for elective surgeries. Rhipicephalus sanguineus caused year-round infestations of dogs, and 36% of the dogs in the study were infested at the time of examination. Overall, 62% of suspected TBD cases and 24% of presumably healthy dogs tested positive by PCR for infections with: Anaplasma platys (0% and 4%), Babesia canis vogeli (20% and 6%), Babesia gibsoni (18% and 5%), Ehrlichia canis (35% and 7%), and Hepatozoon canis (5% ..View full abstract