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標題: Serological survey and first finding of Neospora caninum in Taiwan, and the detection of its antibodies in various body fluids of cattle
作者: Ooi, H.K.
Huang, C.C.
Yang, C.H.
Lee, S.H.
關鍵字: Neospora caninum;Toxoplasma gondii;cattle-protozoa;dog;goat;antibodies;Taiwan;vertical transmission;tissue cysts;infection;dogs;diagnosis
Project: Veterinary Parasitology
期刊/報告no:: Veterinary Parasitology, Volume 90, Issue 1-2, Page(s) 47-55.
A serological survey for antibodies against Neospora caninum in cattle, goats and farm dogs in Taiwan was carried out. Sera of 613 cattle from 25 dairy farms, 24 goats from six goat farms and 13 dogs from six dairy cattle farms were tested for antibodies against N. caninum using indirect fluorescence antibody test (IFAT). The same sera were also tested for antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii using latex agglutination test. Of the 613 cattle sera, 44.9% (275/613) were found to have antibodies against N. caninum. Among these 275 positive cattle, 77 also possessed antibodies against T. gondii. Nevertheless, 92 cattle which were negative for N. caninum showed antibodies against T. gondii. Of the 24 goat sera tested, none was found to be positive for N. caninum but 50% (12/24) were positive for T. gondii. Of the 13 farm dogs tested, three were found to possess antibodies against N. caninum, two of which tested negative for ir: gondii antibodies. Besides sera, antibodies to N. caninum in cattle could be observed in the milk, vaginal secretion and saliva. However, the order of higher frequency of antibodies detection is in sera, milk, vaginal secretion and saliva. This is the first demonstration of the presence of antibodies to N. caninum in vaginal secretion and saliva of cattle. A 50 mu m cyst was observed in the brain of one of the 13 prednisolone-treated SPF ICR mice which had been peritoneally inoculated 4 months earlier with the brain homogenate of a serologically N. caninum positive but T. gondii negative cattle. Thus, we have confirmed for the first time the presence of N. caninum in Taiwan and also observed that it is widespread among dairy cattle and farm dogs. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0304-4017
DOI: 10.1016/s0304-4017(00)00211-9
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