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Prevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in game animals in south Moravia, Czech Republic

JURICOVA Z, HALOUZKA J, HUBALEK Z
Veterinarni Medicina 45, 2000, 145-148

In a game animal survey, sera of 673 animals were examined for Borrelia burgdorferi s. l. antibodies: 55 roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), 209 fallow deer (Dama dama), 55 red deer (Cervus elaphus), 80 mouflons (Ovis musimon), 150 wild boars (Sus scrofa) and 124 pheasants (Phasianus colchicus). The study was carried out with inhibition haemagglutination (IHA) and indirect immunofluorescence (IFA) assays. Using IHA, B. burgdorferi antibodies (titres from 1 : 80 to 1 : 320) were found in 30.9% of roe deer, 50.7% of fallow deer, 34.5% of red deer and 37.5% of mouflons. The percentage of reactors in IFA was 25.3% in wild boars and 13.7% in pheasants (titres from 1 : 64 to 1 : 256)


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