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Type: Journal article
Title: Chickens (Gallus domesticus) are natural intermediate hosts of Neospora caninum
Author: Costa, K.
Santos, S.
Uzeda, R.
Pinheiro, A.
Almeida, M.
Araujo, F.
McAllister, M.
Gondim, L.
Citation: International Journal for Parasitology, 2008; 38(2):157-159
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0020-7519
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K.S. Costa, S.L. Santos, R.S. Uzêda, A.M. Pinheiro, M.A.O. Almeida, F.R. Araújo, M.M. McAllister, L.F.P. Gondim
Abstract: Neospora caninum naturally infects many mammal species, but has not previously been demonstrated in birds. We examined sera for N. caninum antibodies from 200 outdoor chickens and from 200 chickens confined indoors in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Seroprevalence was greater in outdoor chickens (23.5% versus 1.5%, P<0.001). PCR testing for N. caninum was positive in six of 10 seropositive chickens. Amplicons from two of these were sequenced and had 97-98% nucleotide identity with N. caninum. This finding extends the list of intermediate hosts of N. caninum to include birds and may have important epidemiological consequences.
Keywords: Neospora caninum; Toxoplasma gondii; Chicken; Antibodies; Infection
Rights: Copyright © 2007 Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020101349
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2007.10.008
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