A European perspective on Neospora caninum.

Hemphill, Andrew; Gottstein, Bruno (2000). A European perspective on Neospora caninum. International journal for parasitology, 30(8), pp. 877-924. Elsevier

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Since the identification of Neospora caninum in 1984 as a parasite separate from Toxoplasma gondii by Bjerkas et al., and its subsequent characterization and classification in 1988 by Dubey and co-workers, this parasite has attracted increasing attention, primarily as an important causative agent of abortion in cattle and neuromuscular disease in dogs, but also as a complementary model system to T. gondii for investigating the basic biology of intracellular parasitism. During November 11-14, 1999, the COST 820 Annual meeting (Vaccines against coccidioses) took place in Interlaken, Switzerland. Almost half of the papers presented at that meeting were on N. caninum and neosporosis, reflecting the increasing awareness of the importance of this parasite on part of the scientific community in Europe. On the occasion of the meeting, participants in this COST Action involved in Neospora research in Europe were asked to participate in this invited review in order to document the growing interest in N. caninum and the disease it causes. Thus, this paper is a unique collection of contributions provided by several European experts in the field. It is comprised of 10 reviews or original papers on different aspects of Neospora research including epidemiology, immunology, application and development of serological tools, and molecular characterisation of the parasite currently carried out throughout Europe. In addition, two distinguished invited speakers from overseas (Milton McAllister and John Ellis) provided valuable contributions. This invited review demonstrates that the COST 820 Action has brought together scientists from all over Europe and other parts of the world, and has laid the basis for many fruitful collaborations. The studies described here will contribute in assessing the relevance of neosporosis as a potential risk factor not only for animals, but also for human health.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Parasitology

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Hemphill, Andrew and Gottstein, Bruno


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture








Bruno Gottstein

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23 Jul 2018 09:20

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23 Jul 2018 09:20

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