Serological survey for antibody to Encephalitozoon cuniculi in horses in the USA

Carolyn Cray, Emily Perritt, Cynthia Hughes, Rodney L. Belgrave

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Abstract

Encephalitozoon cuniculi is an obligate intracellular microsporidian parasite that can result in clinical and subclinical infection in many species. In the present study, a serological survey was conducted using samples from 105 horses in the state of New Jersey; 49 of the samples were obtained from clinically abnormal animals. Five or 4.8 % of 105 serum samples were found to demonstrate reactivity by ELISA with titers of 1:64 to 1:1,024. One of the samples was obtained from a clinically normal horse. Clinical signs and diagnoses from the other animals included lameness, colic, osteochondritis dissecans, and fever. All clinical issues were resolved with hospitalization and treatment without the institution of E. cuniculi-focused therapy. This is the first report on the detection of E. cuniculi antibodies in horses in the USA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2757-2759
Number of pages3
JournalParasitology Research
Volume113
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Encephalitozoon cuniculi
serological surveys
Horses
Animal Lameness
horses
antibodies
Antibodies
Osteochondritis Dissecans
Asymptomatic Infections
Colic
osteochondritis dissecans
sampling
colic
Microsporidia
Parasites
Hospitalization
Fever
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
lameness
fever

Keywords

  • ELISA
  • Encephalitozoon cuniculi
  • Equine
  • Microsporidian
  • Serology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Serological survey for antibody to Encephalitozoon cuniculi in horses in the USA. / Cray, Carolyn; Perritt, Emily; Hughes, Cynthia; Belgrave, Rodney L.

In: Parasitology Research, Vol. 113, No. 7, 01.01.2014, p. 2757-2759.

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Cray, Carolyn ; Perritt, Emily ; Hughes, Cynthia ; Belgrave, Rodney L. / Serological survey for antibody to Encephalitozoon cuniculi in horses in the USA. In: Parasitology Research. 2014 ; Vol. 113, No. 7. pp. 2757-2759.
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