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Presence of antibodies to some zoonoses in mouflons (Ovis musimon Pall.) and fallow deer (Dama dama L.) in eastern Slovakia

TRAVNICEK M, GURYCOVA D, HALANOVA M, KOZUCH O, NADZAMOVA D, MISKO J
Veterinarni Medicina 44, 1999, 215-219

Results of serological examinations are presented that were carried out in a group of 37 mouflons (Ovis musimon Pall.) and in a group of 24 head of fallow deer (Dama dama L.) coming from the game preserve of Rozhanovce experimental facility affiliated to the University of Veterinary Medicine at Kosice. Usual methods were used to examine blood sera for these zoonoses: chlamydiosis, tularemia, leptospiroses, Lyme borreliosis, encephalitozoonosis and tick-borne encephalitis. High positivity to chlamydiosis was detected - 43.2% in mouflons and 87.5% in fallow deer. As for the other zoonoses, antibodies were detected to Franciscella tularensis in 18.9% of mouflons and 29.2% of fallow deer, respectively, to Borrelia burgdorferi in 10.7% and 45.8%, to Encephalitozoon cuniculi in 13.5% and 8.3%. Virus-neutralizing antibodies to tick-borne encephalitis were detected in 54.4% and 45.8%, respectively. Examinations for leptospiroses confirmed antibodies in the group of mouflons only - 10.7%, and only to the serovar of Leptospira grippotyphosa. The results confirm the presence of all zoonoses under observation, except leptospirosis in fallow deer, and demonstrate the need to extend and to enhance the study of these and other zoonoses in wild game and in game in general, in reservoir animals and hematophagous arthropods


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