Seroprevalence Rates of Tick-Borne Pathogens in Cats from Southern Bulgaria

Ilia Tsachev, Magdalena Baymakova*, Nadiya Zlateva, Todor Kundurzhiev, Laia Solano-Gallego

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence rates of the feline tick-borne pathogens (FTBPs) - Borrelia burgdorferi, Ehrlichia canis, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in stray cats from Southern Bulgaria. Serum antibodies were used to estimate the prevalence of exposure to FTBPs from blood swabs. Of the 100 cat samples tested with in-clinic assay SNAP 4Dx Plus, the overall FTBP seroprevalence was 3% (3/100); with B. burgdorferi - 1% (1/100) and E. canis - 2% (2/100). This study provides the first evidence of exposure to B. burgdorferi and E. canis in cats from Bulgaria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-867
Number of pages4
JournalVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum
  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • cats
  • Ehrlichia canis
  • tick-borne pathogens

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