Parasitology Research

, Volume 99, Issue 6, pp 638–642

Seroprevalence of canine babesiosis in Hungary suggesting breed predisposition

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00436-006-0218-8

Cite this article as:
Hornok, S., Edelhofer, R. & Farkas, R. Parasitol Res (2006) 99: 638. doi:10.1007/s00436-006-0218-8


Six hundred fifty-one blood samples were collected from urban and rural dogs in various parts of Hungary to measure antibody levels to Babesia canis with indirect fluorescent antibody test. Thirty-seven (5.7%) of the sera showed positivity with titers between 1:80 and 1:10,240. Seroconverted dogs were found in 13 locations of the country. It is concluded that canine babesiosis is becoming more prevalent in Eastern Hungary. Seropositivity increased then declined with age, reaching a maximum in case of 3.1- to 5-year-old dogs. Prevalence of antibodies to B. canis was significantly higher among german shepherds and komondors. This suggests a genetic predisposition of german shepherd dogs to chronic babesiosis (carrier status) with long-term maintenance of their seropositivity. On the other hand, heavy-coated komondors are phenotypically more suitable for repeated exposure to ticks, potentially infected with B. canis. This is the first report on the seroprevalence of canine babesiosis in Hungary.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Parasitology and Zoology, Faculty of Veterinary ScienceSzent István UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institute of Parasitology and Zoology, Department of PathobiologyUniversity of Veterinary MedicineViennaAustria