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Title: NEOSPOROSIS - A NEWLY RECOGNIZED PARASITIC DISEASE

Author
item DUBEY JITENDER P

Submitted to: Akbash Dogs International
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/30/1994
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Neosporosis is a newly recognized protozoan disease of pets and livestock. The etiologic agent of neosporosis, Neospora caninum, has a wide host range and is the most common cause of abortion in dairy cattle in the U.S. Its life cycle is unknown. Transplacental transmission is the only recognized mode of transmission. The most severe disease occurs in young, congenitally infected dogs. Young dogs develop an ascending paralysis wit the hind limbs more severely affected than the fore limbs. The disease may be generalized or localized and virtually all organs may be involved including the skin. The detection of N. caninum antibodies in serum can aid diagnosis. Treatment with antitoxoplasmic drugs (sulfadiazine, pyrimethamine, clindamycin) might be useful if diagnosis can be made early. .