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Seroprevalence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in horses in the Czech Republic.

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Source
Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2011 Jun;2(2):111-5
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-2011
Author
Ivana Praskova
Barbora Bezdekova
Petr Zeman
Petr Jahn
Author Affiliation
Private Veterinary Practice Dolni Brezinka, Svetla nad Sazavou, Czech Republic.
Source
Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2011 Jun;2(2):111-5
Date
Jun-2011
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Abstract
Anaplasma phagocytophilum is the aetiological agent of equine granulocytic anaplasmosis (EGA). The aim of this survey was to assess the prevalence of anti-A. phagocytophilum antibodies in the horse population of the Czech Republic (CZ) and to investigate possible links between seropositivity and the geographic origin, age, and/or sex of the tested horses. Antibodies against A. phagocytophilum were screened using an indirect fluorescent antibody method (IFA). Serum samples from 96 healthy horses from 8 localities (7 within the CZ and one control upland/tick-free locality in Ukraine) were examined. While the controls tested negative, the seroprevalence in the Czech localities was estimated at 73%, which suggests that subclinical EGA is common among horses in the CZ. Significant differences between seropositivity rates in individual stables were demonstrated (explicable by the different environment and/or management styles of the horses stabled therein). Horses in stables from which previous manifest cases had been reported tended to have higher average titres. Mares displayed a somewhat higher seropositivity rate than did stallions; age had no demonstrable effect upon the serological status of the examined horses.
PubMed ID
21771545 View in PubMed
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