Seroprevalence of Neospora spp. among asymptomatic horses, aborted mares and horses demonstrating neurological signs in Israel

Eitan B. Kligler, Varda Shkap, Gad Baneth, Zvia Mildenberg, Amir Steinman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Sera from 800 asymptomatic horses were examined for the presence of antibodies to Neospora caninum by immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT). The presence of antibodies to N. caninum was also tested in sera from 52 mares that had aborted and 40 horses exhibiting neurological signs. A total of 95 (11.9%) of the 800 sera had antibodies for Neospora. Significantly higher seropositivity was obtained from horses that had neurological signs (21.2%) and from aborted mares (37.5%). There was significant linear-by-linear association between age and seropositivity. This is the first serologic survey for Neospora spp. antibodies performed on horses from the Middle East and the first to report significant difference in seropositivity between asymptomatic horses and horses exhibiting neurological signs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume148
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Horse
  • Neospora spp.
  • Neurological signs
  • Seroprevalence: IFAT

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