A serosurvey of Hepatozoon canis and Ehrlichia canis antibodies in wild red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) from Israel

Zohar Fishman, Liat Gonen, Shimon Harrus, Dalit Strauss-Ayali, Roni King, Gad Baneth*

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Abstract

A seroepidemiological survey was conducted to investigate the prevalence of antibodies reactive with Ehrlichia canis and Hepatozoon canis antigens in free-ranging red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Israel. Of 84 fox sera assayed, 36% were seropositive for E. canis by the indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) test and 24% were positive for H. canis using an enzyme-linked immunosrbent assay (ELISA). Canine ehrlichiosis and hepatozoonosis appear to be endemic in the wild red fox populations in Israel, and foxes may serve as a reservoir for infection of domestic dogs and other wild canine species.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume119
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Jan 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank Drs. Varda Shkap, Philip H. Kass, and Trevor Waner for their assistance. This study was partially supported by a grant from Merial LTD, Lyon, France.

Keywords

  • Ehrlichia canis
  • Hepatozoon canis
  • Red fox

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