Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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Seroepidemiological research of canine monocytic ehrlichiosis in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia

Potkonjak, AleksandarSavic, SaraJurisic, AleksandarPetrovic, AleksandraSuvajdzic, LjiljanaLako, BjankaMilosevic, NikolinaNovakovic, Zorica

Background: Monocytic ehrlichiosis is an important disease in canine pathology and is present worldwide and has a potentially lethal outcome. This infection as a new infective disease of dogs and people and it has not been sufficiently researched, especially from the aspect of clinical picture, pathogenesis, diagnostics and differential diagnostics. The aims of this seroepidemiological research of the E. canis infection with dogs are to determine the values of G class antibodies prevalence to E. canis antigens, also to determine a agreement of positive serological findings between two immunodiagnostic tests (iELISA and IFAT), and to make an overview of the epidemiological characteristics of this canine infection. Materials, Methods & Results: One hundred dogs were involved in the seroepidemiological research of the E. canis infection. These dogs were from the City of Novi Sad area and its outskirts, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia. The epidemiological survey of the closed type has been used in the research. The survey has been conducted with all of the dogs involved in this research. Apart from identifying veterinary practices and the patients (breed, sex, age), the survey was designed to collect data about the tick bites (first bite or a repeated one); the number of the removed ticks; the dogs lifestyles and information on whether the dogs had been abroad. An o

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