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Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária

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MAIA, Amanda Rafaela Alves et al. Herd-level spatial cluster analysis of bovine cysticercosis in the state of Paraíba, northeastern Brazil. Rev. Bras. Parasitol. Vet. [online]. 2017, vol.26, n.2, pp.216-220.  Epub June 22, 2017. ISSN 1984-2961.

The aim of this survey was to identify spatial clustering of bovine cysticercosis-positive herds in the state of Paraíba. The state was divided into three sampling groups: sampling stratum 1 (Sertão mesoregion), sampling stratum 2 (Borborema mesoregion) and sampling stratum 3 (Zona da Mata and Agreste mesoregions), and 2382 cows aging ≥ 24 months from 474 farms were sampled. Serological diagnoses of bovine cysticercosis were initially done by means of indirect ELISA, and positive serum samples were confirmed by a immunoblot test. Herds were deemed positive for cysticercosis if they presented at least one positive animal in herds of up to 29 females, and two positive animals in herds with more than 29 females. The spatial clustering was assessed using the Cuzick-Edwards k-nearest neighbor method and spatial scan statistics. A significant clustering of positive herds was detected in the southern part of the Borborema mesoregion. Given that serological tests for bovine cysticercosis are not widely available, and also that replacement and maintenance of herds through animal purchases is common in the region, it can be concluded that prevention measures should be applied at herd level.

Keywords : Cattle; epidemiology; cluster analysis; bovine cysticercosis.

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