Seroepidemiologic survey of antibodies to Ehrlichia equi in horses of northern California.

John E Madigan, S. Hietala, S. Chalmers, E. DeRock

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The prevalence of antibodies to Ehrlichia equi in horses from the foothill regions of northern California and from the Sacramento valley (non-foothill area) was determined, using an indirect fluorescent antibody test. Horses from foothill regions had a higher prevalence of seropositivity (10.4%) and higher titer (1:10 to 1:80) than did those from non-foothill regions (3.1%; titer less than or equal to 1:10). Fifty percent of healthy horses on a foothill farm enzootic for E equi had titer to E equi, suggesting that infection with E equi can be subclinical. Six veterinarians surveyed from northern California diagnosed clinical E equi infection in 38 horses during 1985-1986 based on clinical signs of infection and observation of E equi inclusion bodies in neutrophils on blood smears.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1962-1964
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 1990

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