Parasitology Research

, Volume 105, Supplement 1, pp 101–114 | Cite as

Occurrence of Dirofilaria immitis and Tick-Borne Infections Caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato and Ehrlichia canis in Domestic Dogs in France: Results of a Countrywide Serologic Survey

  • Nikola Pantchev
  • Roland Schaper
  • Sandy Limousin
  • Nina Norden
  • Miriam Weise
  • Leif Lorentzen


The occurrence of Dirofilaria immitis antigen and antibodies against tick-borne pathogens in French dogs has been analysed based on 1,050 blood samples. Serum samples of 919 dogs (group A) were sent for a variety of diagnostic investigations, further 131 dogs (group B) were tested for a tentative diagnosis of heartworm disease. All samples were tested for D. immitis antigen. Samples in group A were also tested for specific antibodies against three tick-borne pathogens (Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato and Ehrlichia canis). Results were plotted in geographical maps. Occurrence of D. immitis antigen in group A (0.22 %; 95 % CI: 0.03–0.78 %) was significantly lower (p < 0.0001) than in group B (6.87 %; 95 % CI: 3.19–12.64 %). Heartworm infections in both groups were regionally restricted to the areas of Bouches-du-Rhône in the South of France and Corsica. In group A, the calculated seroprevalence was 2.72 % (95 % CI: 1.77–3.99 %) for A. phagocytophilum, 1.09 % (95 % CI: 0.52–1.99 %) for B. burgdorferi and 0.33 % (95 % CI: 0.07–0.95 %) for E. canis with a distribution of the positive cases throughout the country. This study represents the first data of A. phagocytophilum seroprevalence in the French dog population.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikola Pantchev
    • 1
  • Roland Schaper
    • 2
  • Sandy Limousin
    • 3
  • Nina Norden
    • 4
  • Miriam Weise
    • 1
  • Leif Lorentzen
    • 5
  1. 1.Vet Med Labor GmbHDivision of IDEXX LaboratoriesLudwigsburgGermany
  2. 2.Bayer Animal Health GmbHLeverkusenGermany
  3. 3.Bayer Santé Division Santé AnimalePuteaux CedexFrance
  4. 4.IDEXX LaboratoriesWetherbyUK
  5. 5.IDEXX LaboratoriesWestbrookUSA

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