Prevalence of antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in Hungarian red foxes (Vulpes vulpes)

Eva Britt Jakubek, Robert Farkas, Vilmos Pálfi, Jens G. Mattsson

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Abstract

In the present study we have investigated the seroprevalence to the protozoan parasites Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in 337 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) from 16 out of 19 counties in Hungary. The foxes were originally collected within a National vaccination program against rabies. Antibodies to T. gondii were detected in as many as 228 (68%) of the foxes using a commercial direct agglutination test (DAT). In an indirect iscom ELISA, five foxes (1.5%) were positive for antibodies against N. caninum. The high prevalence of foxes positive for T. gondii might be explained by the widespread occurrence of the parasite in the diet of foxes. As a contrast, latent infections of N. caninum among red foxes in Hungary are much less common.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume144
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2007

Keywords

  • Foxes
  • Iscom ELISA
  • Neospora caninum
  • Seroprevalence
  • Toxoplasma gondii
  • Wild life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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