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Seroprevalence of Ehrlichia canis infection among privately-owned dogs in northern Bulgaria

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I. TSACHEV, E. I. PAPADOGIANNAKIS (E.I. ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΑΝΝΑΚΗΣ), V. KONTOS (Β. ΚΟΝΤΟΣ), I. ZARKOV, V. PETROV, V. PELAGIC
I. TSACHEV, E. I. PAPADOGIANNAKIS (E.I. ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΑΝΝΑΚΗΣ), V. KONTOS (Β. ΚΟΝΤΟΣ), I. ZARKOV, V. PETROV, V. PELAGIC

Abstract


A serologic survey was carried out to detect the prevalence of Ehrlichia canis antibodies among privately-owned dogs in the counties of Varna, Silistra, Ruse, Montana, Veliko Tarnovo and Pleven of northern Bulgaria. A total of 120 serum samples were IFA tested for anti-Ehrlichia canis IgG antibodies. A mean seroprevalence rate of 37.5% was recorded with Varna county showing the highest value (60%) followed by Silistra (55%), Ruse (30%), Montana (30%), Veliko Tarnovo (25%) and Pleven (25%) counties. These results clearly show that dogs residing in northern Bulgaria are highly exposed to E. canis.

 

 


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Dog; Ehrlichia canis; seroprevalence; northern Bulgaria; IFA test

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