Journal article

High prevalence of vector-borne pathogens in domestic and wild carnivores in Iraq

Domenico Otranto, Roberta Iatta, Gad Baneth, Maria Alfonsa Cavalera, Angelica Bianco, Antonio Parisi, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Vito Colella, Audrey C McMillan-Cole, Bruno Chomel

ACTA TROPICA | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) of domestic and wild carnivores are of major public health concern both in industrialized and developing countries, especially in poor socioeconomic settings. War-torn areas specifically suffer from absence of veterinary surveillance of VBDs, resulting in lack of scientific knowledge on this topic. To investigate occurence and prevalence of several vector-borne pathogens (VBPs) in some carnivore species from Iraq, blood samples (n = 397) were obtained from 190 canids [97 stray dogs (Canis familiaris), 55 jackals (Canis aureus) and 38 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes)] and 207 stray cats (Felis catus) collected during a feral animal control and zoonotic disease surveillan..

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