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12th Symposium on Companion Vector-borne Diseases (CVBD)

  1. Short report

    Molecular detection of vector-borne pathogens in dogs and cats from Qatar

    Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have been increasingly reported in dogs and cats worldwide. However, no data are currently available regarding canine and feline VBDs in Qatar and limited information is available ...

    Ana Margarida Alho, Clara Lima, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Vito Colella, Silvia Ravagnan, Gioia Capelli, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Luís Cardoso and Domenico Otranto

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:298

    Published on: 20 June 2017

  2. Short report

    Serological and molecular detection of spotted fever group Rickettsia in a group of pet dogs from Luanda, Angola

    Infections with tick-borne rickettsiae can cause diseases well known in humans but still not so well characterized in dogs. Susceptibility to infection depends on the virulence of Rickettsia spp. and only a few o...

    Patrícia F. Barradas, Hugo Vilhena, Ana Cristina Oliveira, Sara Granada, Irina Amorim, Paula Ferreira, Luís Cardoso, Fátima Gärtner and Rita de Sousa

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:271

    Published on: 31 May 2017

  3. Short report

    Epidemiological role of dogs since the human leishmaniosis outbreak in Madrid

    Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) has been in the spotlight since the 2009 outbreak of human leishmaniosis in Madrid. In the framework of the Leishmaniosis Surveillance Programme set up in Madrid, this study examines L...

    Guadalupe Miró, Aurora Müller, Ana Montoya, Rocía Checa, Valentina Marino, Eloy Marino, Fernando Fuster, Cristina Escacena, Miguel Angel Descalzo and Rosa Gálvez

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:209

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  4. Short report

    Canine β-defensin-1 (CBD1) gene as a possible marker for Leishmania infantum infection in dogs

    Canine leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum is a parasitic disease of great veterinary significance. Some dogs infected by L. infantum may mount a strong cellular immune response and clear the infection, w...

    Lidiane Gomes da Silva, César Raimundo Lima Costa-Júnior, Carlos Alberto Santiago Figueiredo-Júnior, Tereza Cristina Leal-Balbino, Sergio Crovella, Domenico Otranto, Valdir de Queiroz Balbino and Filipe Dantas-Torres

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:199

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  5. Short report

    Canine tick-borne diseases in pet dogs from Romania

    Tick-borne diseases are of substantial concern worldwide for animals as well as humans. Dogs have been a human companion for millennia, and their significant impact on human life renders disease in dogs to be ...

    Martin O. Andersson, Conny Tolf, Paula Tamba, Mircea Stefanache, Jonas Waldenström, Gerhard Dobler and Lidia Chițimia-Dobler

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:155

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  6. Research

    Prevalence study and risk factor analysis of selected bacterial, protozoal and viral, including vector-borne, pathogens in cats from Cyprus

    Feline infectious agent studies are lacking in Cyprus. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence and risk factors for various feline infectious agents, including feline vector-borne pathogens (FV...

    Charalampos Attipa, Kostas Papasouliotis, Laia Solano-Gallego, Gad Baneth, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Elpida Sarvani, Toby G. Knowles, Sena Mengi, David Morris, Chris Helps and Séverine Tasker

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:130

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  7. Research

    Molecular detection of Hepatozoon spp. and Cytauxzoon sp. in domestic and stray cats from Madrid, Spain

    Different species of apicomplexan protozoans of the genera Hepatozoon and Cytauxzoon can infect domestic cats, but their epidemiology and clinical relevance are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to ...

    David Díaz-Regañón, Alejandra Villaescusa, Tania Ayllón, Fernando Rodríguez-Franco, Gad Baneth, Lydia Calleja-Bueno, Mercedes García-Sancho, Beatriz Agulla and Ángel Sainz

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:112

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  8. Research

    Efficacy, safety and tolerance of imidocarb dipropionate versus atovaquone or buparvaquone plus azithromycin used to treat sick dogs naturally infected with the Babesia microti-like piroplasm

    Piroplasmosis caused by the Babesia microti-like piroplasm (Bml) is increasingly being detected in dogs in Europe. Sick dogs show acute disease with severe anaemia associated with thrombocytopenia with a poor res...

    Rocío Checa, Ana Montoya, Nieves Ortega, José Luis González-Fraga, Adrián Bartolomé, Rosa Gálvez, Valentina Marino and Guadalupe Miró

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:145

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  9. Research

    Searching for Lyme borreliosis in Australia: results of a canine sentinel study

    Lyme borreliosis is a common tick-borne disease of the northern hemisphere that is caused by bacterial spirochaetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) (Bbsl) complex. To date, there has been no convincing e...

    Peter J. Irwin, Ian D. Robertson, Mark E. Westman, Martine Perkins and Reinhard K. Straubinger

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:114

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  10. Research

    The enzootic life-cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) and tick-borne rickettsiae: an epidemiological study on wild-living small mammals and their ticks from Saxony, Germany

    Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) and rickettsiae of the spotted fever group are zoonotic tick-borne pathogens. While small mammals are confirmed reservoirs for certain Borrelia spp., ...

    Anna Obiegala, Nina Król, Carolin Oltersdorf, Julian Nader and Martin Pfeffer

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:115

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  11. Research

    Diagnostic performance of ELISA, IFAT and Western blot for the detection of anti-Leishmania infantum antibodies in cats using a Bayesian analysis without a gold standard

    Anti-Leishmania antibodies are increasingly investigated in cats for epidemiological studies or for the diagnosis of clinical feline leishmaniosis. The immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT), the enzyme-linked im...

    Maria Flaminia Persichetti, Laia Solano-Gallego, Angela Vullo, Marisa Masucci, Pierre Marty, Pascal Delaunay, Fabrizio Vitale and Maria Grazia Pennisi

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:119

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  12. Short report

    Evaluation of four molecular methods to detect Leishmania infection in dogs

    Canine leishmaniasis, a zoonotic disease caused by Leishmania infantum vectored by phlebotomine sand flies, is considered a relevant veterinary and public health problem in various countries, namely in the Medite...

    Andreia Albuquerque, Lenea Campino, Luís Cardoso and Sofia Cortes

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:57

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  13. Short report

    The inflammatory cytokine effect of Pam3CSK4 TLR2 agonist alone or in combination with Leishmania infantum antigen on ex-vivo whole blood from sick and resistant dogs

    A wide spectrum of clinical manifestations and immune responses exist in canine L. infantum infection. Ibizan hounds are more “resistant” to disease than other dog breeds. Recognition of pathogen-associated molec...

    Pamela Martínez-Orellana, Paulina Quirola-Amores, Sara Montserrat-Sangrà, Laura Ordeix, Joan Llull, Alejandra Álvarez-Fernández and Laia Solano-Gallego

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:123

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  14. Short report

    Serological association between Leishmania infantum and sand fly fever Sicilian (but not Toscana) virus in sheltered dogs from southern Portugal

    Phlebotomine sand fly-borne diseases such as leishmanioses and phleboviruses are emerging threats to animal and public health. Canine leishmaniosis caused by Leishmania infantum is an endemic zoonosis in Portugal...

    Carla Maia, Sulaf Alwassouf, José Manuel Cristóvão, Nazli Ayhan, André Pereira, Remi N. Charrel and Lenea Campino

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:92

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  15. Short report

    Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) are natural hosts of Babesia rossi, the virulent causative agent of canine babesiosis in sub-Saharan Africa

    Babesia rossi, which is transmitted by Haemaphysalis spp. and is highly virulent to domestic dogs, occurs only in sub-Saharan Africa. Since dogs are not native to the region, it has be...

    Barend L. Penzhorn, Ilse Vorster, Robert F. Harrison-White and Marinda C. Oosthuizen

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:124

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  16. Short report

    Dirofilaria immitis in pinnipeds and a new host record

    Dirofilaria immitis is a mosquito-borne pathogen that is spreading worldwide, and the associated infection (i.e. dirofilariosis) is becoming a threat to animals and humans living in en...

    Ana Margarida Alho, Inês Marcelino, Vito Colella, Carla Flanagan, Nuno Silva, Jorge Jesus Correia, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Domenico Otranto and Luís Madeira de Carvalho

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:142

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  17. Short report

    Histological and parasitological distinctive findings in clinically-lesioned and normal-looking skin of dogs with different clinical stages of leishmaniosis

    Normal-looking skin of dogs with leishmaniosis frequently shows microscopic lesions along with the presence of Leishmania amastigotes. However, histological lesions with or without detection of amastigotes might ...

    Laura Ordeix, Annabel Dalmau, Montsant Osso, Joan Llull, Sara Montserrat-Sangrà and Laia Solano-Gallego

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:121

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  18. Short report

    Prevalence and molecular characterization of canine and feline hemotropic mycoplasmas (hemoplasmas) in northern Italy

    Hemotropic mycoplasmas (hemoplasmas), the agents of infectious anemia, have been reported in dogs and cats. Little data are available on hemoplasma infections in Italy. The aim of this study was to evaluate th...

    Silvia Ravagnan, Erika Carli, Eleonora Piseddu, Graziana Da Rold, Elena Porcellato, Claudia Zanardello, Antonio Carminato, Marta Vascellari and Gioia Capelli

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:132

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  19. Research

    Genetic characterization of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (sensu lato) ticks from dogs in Portugal

    The taxonomic status of the brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus (sensu stricto) is a subject of on-going debate; there is a consensus that populations of this tick species should be referred to as R. sanguine...

    Filipe Dantas-Torres, Carla Maia, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Giada Annoscia, Luís Cardoso and Domenico Otranto

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:133

    Published on: 13 March 2017

  20. Short report

    Detection of Mycoplasma haemocanis, Mycoplasma haematoparvum, Mycoplasma suis and other vector-borne pathogens in dogs from Córdoba and Santa Fé, Argentina

    In Argentina, only very few reports are available for canine tick-borne diseases where most are related to parasitic diseases. The objective of this survey was to investigate the prevalence of tick-borne patho...

    Patricia E. Mascarelli, Gustavo P. Tartara, Norma B. Pereyra and Ricardo G. Maggi

    Parasites & Vectors 2016 9:642

    Published on: 15 December 2016