Submitted to: Veterinary Parasitology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 7, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Neospora caninum is a recently recognized parasitic infection of companion animals and livestock. It causes paralysis and death in dogs and abortion in livestock. Its sources of infection and life cycle are unknown. Scientists at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Service and the Autonomous University in Barcelona, Spain report neosporosis in a dog for the first time from Spain. This report enlarges the geographic distribution of neosporosis.
Fetal neosporosis-associated myeloencephalitis was diagnosed in a 4-month- old Napolitan mastiff dog from Spain. Neospora caninum tachyzoites and tissue cysts were seen in lesions in the central nervous system and the diagnosis was confirmed by immunohistochemical staining with anti-N. caninum monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies.