Seroprevalence of neosporosis in beef and dairy cattle breeds in Northeast Hungary

Sándor Hornok, Renate Edelhofer, I. Hajtós

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Abstract

In order to assess the seroprevalence of bovine neosporosis with indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT), blood samples were collected randomly from 1063 beef and dairy cattle belonging to 12 different breeds in Northeast Hungary. Antibodies to Neospora caninum were detected in 27 (2.5%) of the animals, kept on 19 of the 42 settlements included in this survey. Since samples were collected on 50 farms, herd prevalence amounted to 38%. The percentage of cattle with seroconversion increased with age, suggesting a postnatal source of infection. The highest rate of positivity was detected in Aberdeen Angus (3.3%) and Holstein-Friesian cows (3.2%), and the lowest in Limousine (0.9%), but no breed predisposition was statistically substantiated. Neosporosis was more prevalent in dairy (3.4%) than in beef (1.9%) cattle, although the difference was not significant. Only three out of the seropositive cows, all of them Holstein-Friesians, had a history of abortion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-491
Number of pages7
JournalActa veterinaria Hungarica
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006

Keywords

  • Beef
  • Breed
  • Cattle
  • Dairy
  • Neospora caninum
  • Seroprevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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