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Prevalence of antibodies against Neospora spp. and Sarcocystis neurona in donkeys from northeastern Brazil

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Title
Prevalence of antibodies against Neospora spp. and Sarcocystis neurona in donkeys from northeastern Brazil
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Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, March 2016
DOI 10.1590/s1984-29612016003
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Gennari, Solange Maria, Pena, Hilda Fátima de Jesus, Lindsay, David Scott, Lopes, Marcos Gomes, Soares, Herbert Sousa, Cabral, Aline Diniz, Vitaliano, Sérgio Netto, Amaku, Marcos

Abstract

Sarcocystis neurona and Neospora hughesi are coccidian protozoa that can cause neurological illness in horses in America. In this study we report seroprevalence of Neospora spp. andS. neurona in sera of 333 donkeys from the northeastern region of Brazil. Antibodies to Neospora spp. were detected in 2% (7 donkeys) of 333 sera tested by the indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT) with a cut-off dilution of 1:40. Antibodies to S. neurona were found in 3% (10 donkeys) of the samples tested by IFAT (cut-off ≥50) and 21% (69 donkeys) by the direct agglutination test (SAT ≥50). The SAT and IFAT results for S. neurona showed a poor concordance (value of Kappa=0.051). This is the first report ofNeospora spp. antibodies in Brazilian donkeys and the first detection of antibodies against S. neurona in this animal species.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 9 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 2 22%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 11%
Unknown 6 67%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 2 22%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 11%
Unknown 6 67%