Serology for Toxoplasmosis and Neosporosis in Ewes in the State of Mato Grosso Do Sul, BrazilLeandra Marla Oshiro1, Fernando Alvarenga Reis2, Rosangela Locatelli Dittrich3, Rodrigo Casquero Cunha4 and Renato Andreotti2*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Renato Andreotti
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Received date: April 07, 2015 Accepted date: May 27, 2015 Published date: May 29, 2015
Citation:Oshiro LM, Reis FA, Dittrich RL, Cunha RC, Andreotti R (2015) Serology for Toxoplasmosis and Neosporosis in Ewes in the State of Mato Grosso Do Sul, Brazil. J Veterinar Sci Technol 6: 233. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000233
Copyright: © 2015 Oshiro LM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum are protozoans that can cause reproductive problems in sheep. The aim of the present study was to determine the frequency of anti–N. caninum and anti-T. gondii antibodies among sheep herds in some counties in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Four hundred sixteen serum samples were collected from ewes in eight counties. The sera samples were evaluated by using an indirect fluorescent antibody test with a 1:50 dilution. The seroprevalences found for T. gondi and N. caninum were 33.7% and 52.2%, respectively. The rate of animals testing positive simultaneously for Neospora and Toxoplasma was of 17.5%. The results of the present study demonstrate that sheep raised in these counties are exposed to T. gondii and N. caninum and that sheep can be co-infected with both parasites.