Home \ Research \ Scientific publications \


Sero-molecular survey and risk factors of equine piroplasmosis in horses in Spain

Investigation article published in Equine veterinary journal

In Press

Background: Theileria equi and Babesia caballi cause equine piroplasmosis (EP), one of the most important tick-borne diseases of horses due to its high negative impact to the equine industry. Although infections with these parasites have been reported for decades in Spain, epidemiological studies have only been carried out in certain regions.
Objectives: To determine the (sero)prevalence of these parasites in asymptomatic horses nationwide in Spain and to identify potential individual and environmental factors associated with seropositivity to EP.
Study design: Sample size was calculated according to the horses registered in Spain in 2013 and by autonomous community using a random stratified sampling. A questionnaire was used to collect data on factors associated with EP seropositivity.
Methods: Serological (cELISA and complement fixation test) and molecular (real-time PCR) analyses were carried out in 740 horses. Risk factors were identified computing two independent logistic regression models with the collated data.
Results: Antibodies against EP were detected in 42.9% (95% CI 39.4-46.5) of horses, whereas 30.3% (95% CI 27.0-33.6) were EP positive by PCR. A substantial strength of agreement (k =0.721) was estimated between serological tests. Exposure to T. equi was significantly higher than to B. caballi and the highest (sero)prevalence was detected in the northern communities. Increasing horse age, presence of ticks and contact with cows were factors related to EP seropositivity in the horses, whereas tetanus vaccination and fairs attendance were associated with
lower seropositivity
Conclusions: Almost half of the horses residing in Spain had antibodies against EP or circulating
parasitaemia. Appropriate prevention measures and implementation of a EP surveillance
programme should be considered in order to reduce and control the infection




Camino E., Buendia A., Dorrego A., Pozo P., de Juan L., Dominguez L. and Cruz F.




See this article
Sero-molecular survey and risk factors of equine piroplasmosis in horses in Spain

See it on NLM PubMed
Sero-molecular survey and risk factors of equine piroplasmosis in horses in Spain


Participants:

Universidad ComplutenseServicio de Vigilancia Sanitaria Equina (SEVISEQ). Centro de Vigilancia Sanitaria Veterinaria (VISAVET). Universidad Complutense (UCM).

Universidad ComplutenseDepartamento de Sanidad Animal. Facultad de Veterinaria. Universidad Complutense (UCM).

MAEVA SERVET, S.L.MAEVA SERVET, S.L..







Equine veterinary journal
FACTOR YEAR Q
2.477 2019

NLMID: 173320

PMID: 32918303

ISSN: 0425-1644



TITLE: Sero-molecular survey and risk factors of equine piroplasmosis in horses in Spain


JOURNAL: Equine Vet J


PUBLISHER: Newmarket, Suffolk : Equine Veterinary Journal, Ltd


AUTHORS: Camino E., Buendia A., Dorrego A., Pozo P., de Juan L., Dominguez L. and Cruz F.


VISAVET PARTICIPANTS


2nd
Aránzazu Buendía Andrés
4th
Pilar Pozo Piñol
5th
Lucía de Juan Ferré
6th
Lucas Domínguez Rodríguez
Last
Fátima Cruz López

DOI: https://doi.org/ 10.1111/evj.13348


CITE THIS PUBLICATION:

Camino E., Buendia A., Dorrego A., Pozo P., de Juan L., Dominguez L. and Cruz F. Sero-molecular survey and risk factors of equine piroplasmosis in horses in Spain. Equine veterinary journal. In Press. (A). ISSN: 0425-1644. DOI: 10.1111/evj.13348


UNITS: