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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Neosporosis and Toxoplasmosis-Associated Paralysis in Dogs in Costa Rica

Authors
item Morales, J - UNIV NACIONAL, COSTA RICA
item Dubey, Jitender
item Rodriguez, F - SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
item Esquivel, R - PFIZER CENTROAMERICA
item Fritz, D - FT. DETRICK, MD

Submitted to: Journal of Applied Parasitology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 20, 1995
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Neospora caninum is a recently discovered protozoan (single celled) parasite of livestock and companion animals. It causes neonatal mortality and abortion in livestock and paralysis and death in dogs. Its life cycle and sources of infection are unknown. It has been found in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Asia. Scientists at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and the National University, Costa Rica report for the first time neosporosis in a dog from Costa Rica. This report indicates that the definitive host for Neospora caninum is also present in Central America.

Technical Abstract: Clinical neosporosis and toxoplasmosis are reported in 2 separate adult dogs from Costa Rica.

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