European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 389–392 | Cite as

Antibodies to spotted fever group rickettsiae in dogs in Croatia

  • V. Punda-Polić
  • N. Bradarić
  • Z. Klišmanić-Nuber
  • V. Mrljak
  • M. Giljanović
Article

Abstract

The prevalence of IgG antibodies to spotted fever group rickettsiae was studied by the indirect immunofluorescent antibody assay in a sample of 194 canine sera from different parts of Croatia. Dogs (n=141) from urban and suburban-semirural environs from the middle part of the eastern coast of Adriatic sea, and dogs (n=53) from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia located in the northern continental part of Croatia, were tested. The total of 88 (62.4%) dogs from southern coastal Croatia had antibodies toRickettsia conorii, with a significantly higher prevalence (69.9%) in suburban-semirural areas. The prevalence rate of antibodies toRickettsia conorii in canine sera from urban environment in the north of Croatia was 20.7%. The results show that the members of spotted fever group rickettsiae are present in both coastal and continental Croatia.

Key words

Dogs Epidemiology Mediterranean spotted fever Rickettsia conorii 

Abbreviations

IFA

indirect immunofluorescence

IgG

immunoglobulin G

MSF

Mediterranean spotted fever

SFG

spotted fever group

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Punda-Polić
    • 1
  • N. Bradarić
    • 2
  • Z. Klišmanić-Nuber
    • 3
  • V. Mrljak
    • 4
  • M. Giljanović
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyMedical School University of Zagreb, Branch in Split and Clinical Medical Centre SplitSplitCroatia
  2. 2.Clinical Medical Centre SplitSplitCroatia
  3. 3.Institute for Public HealthSplitCroatia
  4. 4.School of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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