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Survey of Ehrlichia canis, Babesia spp. and Hepatozoon spp. in dogs from a semiarid region of Brazil

Overview of attention for article published in Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, March 2015
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Title
Survey of Ehrlichia canis, Babesia spp. and Hepatozoon spp. in dogs from a semiarid region of Brazil
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Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, March 2015
DOI 10.1590/s1984-29612015011
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Tereza Emmanuelle de Farias Rotondano, Herta Karyanne Araújo Almeida, Felipe da Silva Krawczak, Vanessa Lira Santana, Ivana Fernandes Vidal, Marcelo Bahia Labruna, Sérgio Santos de Azevedo, Alzira Maria Paiva de Almeida, Marcia Almeida de Melo

Abstract

This study assessed the occurrence of Ehrlichia spp., Babesia spp. and Hepatozoon spp. infections in 100 tick-harboring dogs from a semiarid region of the State of Paraíba, Northeastern Brazil. Blood samples and ticks were collected from the animals, and a questionnaire was submitted to dog owners to obtain general data. Blood samples were used to perform hemogram, direct blood smear and immunological and molecular hemoparasite detection. The 1,151 ticks collected were identified as Rhipicephalus sanguineus; direct smears revealed E. canis-like morulae in the monocytes of 4% (4/100) of the non-vaccinated female dogs, and 34% and 25% of the dogs tested positive for Ehrlichia canis by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR), respectively. Blood smear examination revealed Babesia-suggestive merozoites in the erythrocytes of 2% (2/100) of the animals. Babesia vogeli was detected by PCR in ten animals (10%) and was correlated with young age (p = 0.007) and thrombocytopenia (p = 0.01). None of the animals showed Hepatozoon spp. positivity. These results indicate that E. canis is the main tick-borne canine pathogen in the study area and provide the first report of B. vogeli infection in dogs from Paraiba State.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 39 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 5%
Student > Master 2 5%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 3%
Student > Bachelor 1 3%
Unknown 33 85%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 8%
Chemistry 1 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 3%
Unknown 34 87%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 April 2017.
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#15,983,535
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Outputs from Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária
#125
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#145,033
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Outputs of similar age from Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária
#2
of 17 outputs
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