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The importance of dogs in eco-epidemiology of Lyme borreliosis: a review

Bhide, M.(Univerzita Veterinarskeho Lekarstva, Kosice (Slovak Republic). Katedra Infekcnych a Parazitarnych Chorob) Travnicek, M.(Univerzita Veterinarskeho Lekarstva, Kosice (Slovak Republic). Katedra Infekcnych a Parazitarnych Chorob) Curlik, A.(Univerzita Veterinarskeho Lekarstva, Kosice (Slovak Republic). Katedra Infekcnych a Parazitarnych Chorob) Stefancikova, A.(Slovenska Akademia Vied, Kosice (Slovak Republic). Parazitologicky Ustav)

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The article reviews overall eco-epidemiological importance of dogs in Lyme disease surveillance. Till to date considerable work has been done in the field of canine seroprevalence. Anti-Borrelia antibodies in dogs have been reported in most of the major European countries. Similar seroprevalence in hunting dogs and humans, particularly in hunters, illuminates close relation and linked epidemiological aspects of Lyme disease. Hunting dogs can serve as seroindicators and/or sentinel for identifying new focuses as well as assessing the changes in endemicity of well known focuses of Lyme disease.

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Veterinarni Medicina - UZPI (Czech Republic)

ISSN : 0375-8427

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