First record of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato antibodies in stray dogs in the Northwest Region of Parana State, Brazil

Daniela Dib Goncalves, Rodrigo Assuncao Moura, Marcia Kuster de Paula Dreer, Denise do Amaral Gomes Nascimento, Graziela Vendrame Rodrigues, Isabel Cristina da Silva Caetano, Odilon Vidotto, Julio Cesar de Freitas, Maria Luisa Vieira

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the occurrence of B. burgdorferi sensu lato s.l. antibodies in stray dogs of the urban area of Umuarama Town, localized in the northwest region of Parana state, Brazil. Serum samples from 168 dogs were tested using indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and Western Blot (WB) in order to detect anti-Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. antibodies. The IFI analysis was used as screening test and positive results were confirmed employing the WB technique. Sixty-five (38.69%) of 168 serum samples were positive in the IFI; 54 of them (83.07%) were confirmed by the WB. The overall data analysis confirmed the presence of anti-B. burgdorferi s.l. antibodies in 32.14% (54/168) dogs, what suggests that northwest region of Parana State may constitute a risk area for Lyme disease. Further studies are necessary to determine the epidemiological characteristics of this disease in the region studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2641-2647
Number of pages7
JournalSemina-Ciencias agrarias
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Borreliosis
  • Canids
  • Diagnostic
  • IFA
  • Western blot
  • LYME-DISEASE
  • BORRELIA-BURGDORFERI
  • SAO-PAULO
  • ATLANTIC FOREST
  • COTIA COUNTY
  • SPIROCHETE
  • DIAGNOSIS
  • MAMMALS
  • AGENTS
  • TICKS

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