Retrospective Study on Seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi Antibodies in Horses in Minnesota

Abstract: To determine the seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in horses in Minnesota, the database of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota, was searched over a 10-year period (May 2001 to 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. (Source: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science)MedWorm Message: Find out how you can get your message posted here and on over 100,000 other medical web pages in just a couple of days, plus support MedWorm at the same time.

Abstract: To determine the seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in horses in Minnesota, the database of the

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota, was searched over a 10-year period (May 2001 to 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. (Source: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science)

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