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Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 845–847 | Cite as

Seroprevalence of Neospora caninum infection in free ranging chickens (Gallus domesticus)

  • M. Sayari
  • M. Namavari
  • S. Mojaver
Original Article

Abstract

Recently chickens are considered as an important intermediate hosts for Neospora caninum. Free range chickens expose to infection with N. caninum oocysts because they feed from the ground therefore they could be a good index of the environmental contamination. We studied N. caninum infection in free range chickens by serological. One hundred and fifty chickens purchased from five regions from Fars province and their blood were used for serological testing. Antibodies to N. caninum were found in 26 (17.33 %) of 150 serum samples by MAT. This study is the first to describe the presence of antibodies to N. caninum in chicken in Iran. These serological results indicate a widespread exposure of free range chickens to N. caninum in south of Iran.

Keywords

Neospora caninum Seroprevalence Chicken Modified agglutination test (MAT) 

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© Indian Society for Parasitology 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary MedicineShiraz UniversityShirazIran
  2. 2.Razi Vaccine and Serum Research InstituteShirazIran

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