Six beagles were experimentally infected with Ehrlichia canis. All dogs developed typical clinical signs of ehrlichiosis and sero-converted. Ehrlichial antigenemia in the plasma of the infected dogs was detected using a sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Ehrlichial antigen was present starting 15-20 days post-infection, after the development of clinical signs and antibody titre to Ehrlichia canis. The appearance of ehrlichial antigen in the plasma for a relatively short and variable period after the clinical and haematological signs, limits its potential as an early diagnostic prognosticator of canine ehrlichiosis.
- Ehrlichia canis