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

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This thematic series comprises papers submitted in relation to the 12th Symposium of the CVBD World Forum, Athens, Greece, 13th – 16th March 2017, that was sponsored by Bayer Animal Health.

The article processing charges (APC) for the articles in this series were funded by Bayer Animal Health. All articles in this series have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process and each article can also be found individually in the journal.


  1. Content type: Short report

    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 ...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:298

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  2. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:271

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  3. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:209

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  4. Content type: Short report

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:199

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  5. Content type: Short report

    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 ...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:155

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  6. Content type: Short report

    Previous surveys in dogs from Korea indicated that dogs are exposed to a variety of vector- borne pathogens, but perception for a nation-wide canine vector-borne disease (CVBD) occurrence has been missing. We ...

    Authors: Guk-Hyun Suh, Kyu-Sung Ahn, Jong-Ho Ahn, Ha-Jung Kim, Christian Leutenegger and SungShik Shin

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:146

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  7. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:130

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  8. Content type: Research

    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 ...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:112

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  9. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:145

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  10. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:114

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  11. Content type: Research

    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., ...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:115

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  12. Content type: Research

    The spleen is a highly perfused organ involved in the immunological control and elimination of vector-borne pathogens (VBP), which could have a fundamental role in the pathogenesis of splenic disease. This stu...

    Authors: Rebeca Movilla, Laura Altet, Lorena Serrano, María-Dolores Tabar and Xavier Roura

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:131

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  13. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:119

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  14. Content type: Short report

    Infection and clinical disease associated with Leishmania major and Leishmania tropica, two common agents of human cutaneous leishmaniosis, have rarely been reported in dogs. This study describes dogs infected wi...

    Authors: Gad Baneth, Daniel Yasur-Landau, Matan Gilad and Yaarit Nachum-Biala

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:113

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  15. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:123

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  16. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:92

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  17. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:124

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  18. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:142

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  19. Content type: Research

    Rickettsia felis and Rickettsia typhi are emerging arthropod-borne zoonoses causing fever and flu-like symptoms. Seroprevalence and risk factors associated with exposure to these organ...

    Authors: Yen Thon Teoh, Sze Fui Hii, Mark A. Stevenson, Stephen Graves, Robert Rees, John Stenos and Rebecca J. Traub

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:129

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  20. Content type: Short report

    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 ...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:121

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  21. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:132

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  22. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:133

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  23. Content type: Short report

    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...

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

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2016 9:642

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