Journal article

Risk factors for canine neosporosis in farm and kennel dogs in southern Italy

Paola Paradies, Gioia Capelli, Gabriella Testini, Cinzia Cantacessi, Alexander J Trees, Domenico Otranto

Veterinary Parasitology | ELSEVIER | Published : 2007

Abstract

Neosporosis by Neospora caninum causes losses to livestock production through abortion in cattle while, in dogs, it induces neuromuscolar disease. This study investigated neosporosis seroprevalence associated risk factors (including the seropositivity to leishmaniosis) in dogs of southern Italy, determined the prevalence of N. caninum oocyst shedding and examined the relationship between seroprevalence of neosporosis in farm dogs and cattle. Using an inhibition ELISA, 20.9% of 306 dogs had percent inhibition values >10 (indicative of exposure) and farm dogs had a significantly (p<0.001) higher seroprevalence than dogs in a rescue kennel. Whilst N. caninum seroprevalence was associated with i..

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