Comparison of prevalence factors in horses with and without seropositivity to Neospora hughesi and/or Sarcocystis neurona

Nicola Pusterla, Eva Tamez-Trevino, Alexandria White, Joshua VanGeem, Andrea Packham, Patricia A Conrad, Philip H Kass

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Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis is a commonly diagnosed neurological disease of horses in North America and is caused by infection with Sarcocystis neurona or Neospora hughesi. The aim of this study was to compare prevalence factors among horses seropositive or seronegative to N. hughesi and/or S. neurona. A total of 3123 submissions were included in the study, with horses originating from 49 States. Thirty-eight animals from 21 States tested seropositive for N. hughesi only, 840 horses from 40 States were seropositive for S. neurona only, 25 horses from 14 States were seropositive for both protozoa, and 2220 horses from 49 States tested seronegative for both parasites. Significant associations were found between geographical location (State), month of submission, breed and serological status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-334
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014



  • Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis
  • Neospora hughesi
  • Prevalence factors
  • Sarcocystis neurona

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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