Detection of Theileria equi, Babesia caballi and anti-Ehrlichia spp antibodies in equides from the Pantanal of Mato Grosso State

E.M. Barros Í.A. Braga L.G.F. Santos T.F. Ziliani A.L.T. Melo A.M.C.M. Borges L.G. Silva D.M. Aguiar About the authors

The present study evaluated 121 equids from 19 ranches in the Pantanal region of Mato Grosso State through Polimerase Chain Raction (PCR) to detect Babesia, Theileria, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia and Neorickettsia partial genes and the Imunofluorescent Antibody Test (IFAT) to evaluate anti-Ehrlichia spp. antibodies. From the total tested in PCR, 17 (14.0%) equids from 9 (47.3%) farms were positive, and 16 yielded amplicons 100% identical to Theileria equi and one presented 99% similarity to Babesia caballi available on GenBank. Forty eight (39.6%) equids were positive by IFAT and 40 showed titers of 40 (83.3%) and 8 showed titers of 320 (16.6%). All ranches (100%) presented seropositive equids. Our results showed that T. equi and B. caballi are infecting equids in the region and the presence of anti-Ehrlichia antibodies suggests that species closely related to the genera Ehrlichia and Anaplasma are circulating among the equid local population. Moreover, the negative results in PCR is possibly related to the chronic infection phase.

horse; ticks; PCR; IFAT; mules

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