Survey of Ehrlichia canis and Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in dogs (German shepherd) reared in Korea

  • Lee, Sang-Eun (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Song, Kun-Ho (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Lee, Suk-Hoon (College of Natural Sciences, Chungnam National University)
  • Accepted : 2007.07.31
  • Published : 2007.09.30

Abstract

This study was conducted to survey of Ehrlichia (E.) canis and Borrelia (B.) burgdorferi antibodies among clinically healthy German shepherd dogs (116 females and 120 males) using a ELISA kit (SNAP 3Dx; IDEXX Laboratories, USA) in Korea. Whole blood samples are collected from the 236 dogs and are tested to detect E. canis and B. burgdorferi antibodies by using ELISA kit (SNAP 3Dx; IDEXX Laboratories, USA). Confidence interval comparisions revealed that dogs of 4-6 years have higher prevalence with a seropositive result (CI=0.17-0.45) in E. canis than the other age groups but there are no differences among age groups in B. burgdorferi. Also, no differences with a seropositive result were found among different regions in E. canis and B. burgdorferi antibodies. In conclusion, this study was the first large scale survey of canine E. canis and B. burgdorferi antibodies in Korea and provide an useful reference for clinicians.

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