Retrospective Study on Seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi Antibodies in Horses in Minnesota

Aneela Zameer Durrani, Sagar M. Goyal, Nadeem Kamal

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Abstract

To determine the seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in horses in Minnesota, the database of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota, was searched over a 10-year period (May 2001 to May 2010). A total of 1,260 equine serum samples submitted by 112 veterinary clinics were tested using an indirect fluorescent antibody test. Samples with titers of ≥1:320 were considered positive. The average rate of seroprevalence was 58.7%, indicating high exposure of horses to B burgdorferi in Minnesota. Our results indicate that borreliosis should be considered as a differential in cases of horses with undiagnosed musculoskeletal or neurologic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-429
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Equine Veterinary Science
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan for providing a postdoctoral fellowship to A.Z.D.

Keywords

  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Horses
  • IFA test
  • Lyme borreliosis

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