Submitted to: Veterinary Parasitology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/15/2000
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Neospora caninum is a recently recognized protozoan parasite of dogs and other animals. Until 1988, it was misdiagnosed as Toxoplasma gondii. Neospora caninum causes paralysis and death in dogs and neonatal mortality and abortion in cattle, sheep, and goats. Its complete life cycle is not known. Tachyzoites and tissue cysts are the only asexual stages known. Dogs, and possibly other canines, are definitive hosts. Transplacental transmission is common and transplacentally infected pups develop severe neuromuscular disease.