Seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in horses in Minnesota

A. Z. Durrani, S. M. Goyal

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Abstract

To determine the seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in horses in Minnesota, the database of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota, was searched over a ten year period (2001 - 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)8-11
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Animal and Plant Sciences
Volume21
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 25 2011

Keywords

  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Horses
  • IFA test
  • Lyme borreliosis

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