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Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2014 Oct;5(6):668-71. doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2014.04.019. Epub 2014 Jul 22.

Serological evidence of exposure to Ehrlichia canis and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Central Italian healthy domestic cats.

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1
Department of Veterinary Science, University of Pisa, Italy. Electronic address: vebani@vet.unipi.it.
2
Department of Veterinary Science, University of Pisa, Italy.

Abstract

The aim of the present survey was to estimate the seroprevalences of Ehrlichia canis and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in the Central Italian feline population. Serum samples of 560 healthy domestic cats were examined by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFAT), considering an antibody titre of 1:40 as cut-off. Seroprevalences of 6.4% and 4.5% were found for E. canis and A. phagocytophilum, respectively. Adult, mixed breed cats showed seroprevalences higher than younger and purebred subjects, whereas no differences were observed in relation to gender and living conditions.

KEYWORDS:

Anaplasma phagocytophilum; Cat; Ehrlichia canis; Serology

PMID:
25113987
DOI:
10.1016/j.ttbdis.2014.04.019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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