Retrospective study on seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in ELK and moose in Minnesota

A. Z. Durrani, S. M. Goyal

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Abstract

The database of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota, was searched over a ten year period (2001-2010) to determine the seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi) in elk (Cervus elaphus) and moose (Alces americanus) in Minnesota, A total of 597 serum samples (62 from elk and 535 from moose) were tested for antibodies against B. burgdorferi using an indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) test. Samples with titers of ≥1:320 were considered positive. Out of 597 sera tested, 135 (27%) were positive with IFA titers ranging between 1:320 and 1:1280. The rate of sero-prevalence was 52in elk and 19% in moose. These results indicate exposure of both species of cervidae to B. burgdorferi in Minnesota.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-484
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Animal and Plant Sciences
Volume21
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Elk
  • Lyme disease
  • Moose
  • Serologic survey

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