Neospora caninum: Serological follow-up in dairy cows during pregnancy

Häsler, Barbara; Hernandez, Jorge A; Reist, Martin; Sager, Heinz; Steiner-Moret, Christine; Staubli, Daniela; Stärk, Katharina D C; Gottstein, Bruno (2006). Neospora caninum: Serological follow-up in dairy cows during pregnancy. Veterinary parasitology, 137(3-4), pp. 222-30. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.vetpar.2006.01.007

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We conducted a longitudinal study to follow-up the anti-Neospora caninum serologic status in 30 initially seropositive and 83 initially seronegative cows during their pregnancy. Study cows were blood-sampled every other month during pregnancy until parturition. Blood serum samples were screened for anti-N. caninum antibodies by ELISA. Cows that seroconverted were re-tested by immunoblot as a confirmation test. Among 30 seropositive cows, 28 cows remained seropositive during the whole pregnancy, whereas 2 cows transiently tested negative at least once during pregnancy. Among 83 seronegative cows, 82 cows remained seronegative and 1 cow tested positive three times during the sixth, eighth and last month of pregnancy. As only 2 out of 30 seropositive animals and 1 out of 83 animals changed their serologic status during pregnancy, the study results indicate that there is only a minor temporal instability of anti-N. caninum antibody reactivity in adult cattle.

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

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Sager, Heinz, Steiner-Moret, Christine, Staubli, Daniela, Gottstein, Bruno


600 Technology > 630 Agriculture








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04 Oct 2013 14:45

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