Seroprevalence of Babesia ovis in sheep in Catalonia, northeastern Spain

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An indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT) was developed in order to detect antibodies against Babesia ovis in different sheep flocks from Catalonia, northeastern Spain. Of the total 2174 sera included in the study, 133 (6.1%) were positive. Considerable differences in seroprevalence were detected depending on the geographical areas from which the animals originated. This must have been a consequence of the presence or absence of the vector tick, Rhipicephalus bursa, the distribution of which depends upon the bioclimate and vegetation present in the different areas studied. Even within those areas which afford suitable conditions for the presence of Rh. bursa ticks, and therefore in which positive titres were found, great differences in seroprevalence were detected among different flocks. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.

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Ferrer, D., Castellà, J., & Gutiérrez, J. F. (1998). Seroprevalence of Babesia ovis in sheep in Catalonia, northeastern Spain. Veterinary Parasitology, 79(4), 275–281. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0304-4017(98)00175-7

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