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15th Symposium on Companion Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD)

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This thematic series comprises papers submitted in relation to the 15th Symposium of the CVBD® World Forum, Cologne, Germany, 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 overseen by the Editors, and each article can also be found individually in the journal. The Editors declare no competing interests. 


  1. Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) is a parasitic zoonotic disease, endemic in the Mediterranean basin including Spain. While knowledge about CanL, its management, treatment, prevention and control mounts, it remains...

    Authors: Ana Montoya, Rosa Gálvez, Rocío Checa, Juliana Sarquis, Alexandra Plaza, Juan Pedro Barrera, Valentina Marino and Guadalupe Miró

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:205

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  2. This report describes L. infantum infection seroprevalence in dogs in Spain through data obtained from peer-reviewed literature and a cross-sectional serological survey assessing epidemiological and habitat varia...

    Authors: Rosa Gálvez, Ana Montoya, Israel Cruz, Carlos Fernández, Oihane Martín, Rocío Checa, Carmen Chicharro, Silvia Migueláñez, Valentina Marino and Guadalupe Miró

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:204

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  3. Various vector-borne pathogens (VBPs) affect dogs worldwide, with their diversity and force of infection being usually higher in the tropics. Cross-sectional studies have been conducted to investigate the prev...

    Authors: Filipe Dantas-Torres, Luciana Aguiar Figueredo, Kamila Gaudêncio da Silva Sales, Débora Elienai de Oliveira Miranda, Joanna Lúcia de Almeida Alexandre, Yury Yzabella da Silva, Lidiane Gomes da Silva, Guilherme Ribeiro Valle, Vitor Márcio Ribeiro, Domenico Otranto, Katrin Deuster, Matthias Pollmeier and Gertraut Altreuther

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:195

    Content type: Short report

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  4. Borrelia burgdorferi is a tick-borne spirochete that causes Lyme borreliosis (LB). After an initial tick bite, it spreads from the deposition site in the dermis to distant tissues of the host. It is generally bel...

    Authors: Liucun Liang, Jinyong Wang, Lucas Schorter, Thu Phong Nguyen Trong, Shari Fell, Sebastian Ulrich and Reinhard K. Straubinger

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:191

    Content type: Research

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  5. Ixodes spp. are vectors of zoonotic pathogens. All three active life stages (larvae, nymphs, adults) need to feed on a host in order to develop. Usually ticks parasitize attached to the external surface of their ...

    Authors: Maja Haut, Nina Król, Anna Obiegala, Johannes Seeger and Martin Pfeffer

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:189

    Content type: Short report

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  6. Population of stray dogs is significant in large cities of Nepal, such as Kathmandu. Most of stray dogs suffer a lack of basic health care. Considering the clinical relevance, the broad distribution and the la...

    Authors: David Díaz-Regañón, Beatriz Agulla, Bidur Piya, Natalia Fernández-Ruiz, Alejandra Villaescusa, Mercedes García-Sancho, Fernando Rodríguez-Franco and Ángel Sainz

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:174

    Content type: Short report

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  7. Vector-borne diseases (VBD) are of growing global importance. Sand flies are potential vectors for phleboviruses (family Phenuiviridae) including Toscana virus (TOSV), Sicilian virus, Sandfly fever, Naples virus,...

    Authors: Sandra Oerther, Hanna Jöst, Anna Heitmann, Renke Lühken, Andreas Krüger, Irmgard Steinhausen, Christine Brinker, Susanne Lorentz, Michael Marx, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, Torsten Naucke and Norbert Becker

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:173

    Content type: Research

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  8. In sub-Saharan Africa, Amblyomma ticks are vectors of heartwater disease in domestic ruminants, caused by the rickettsial pathogen Ehrlichia ruminantium. Immature tick stages often bite humans, whereby they act a...

    Authors: Frans Jongejan, Laura Berger, Suzanne Busser, Iris Deetman, Manon Jochems, Tiffany Leenders, Barry de Sitter, Francine van der Steen, Jeanette Wentzel and Hein Stoltsz

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:172

    Content type: Research

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  9. The blood-feeding behaviour of female sand flies may increase their likelihood of acquiring and transmitting Leishmania parasites. Studies on the host usage by these insects may thus improve our understanding of ...

    Authors: Kamila Gaudêncio da Silva Sales, Débora Elienai de Oliveira Miranda, Marcelo Henrique Santos Paiva, Luciana Aguiar Figueredo, Domenico Otranto and Filipe Dantas-Torres

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:131

    Content type: Methodology

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  10. Babesiosis is a protozoan tick-borne infection associated with anemia and life-threatening disease in humans, domestic and wildlife animals. Dogs are infected by at least six well-characterized Babesia spp. that ...

    Authors: Gad Baneth, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Adam Joseph Birkenheuer, Megan Elizabeth Schreeg, Hagar Prince, Monica Florin-Christensen, Leonhard Schnittger and Itamar Aroch

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:130

    Content type: Research

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  11. Canine leishmaniosis caused by Leishmania infantum is a neglected zoonosis transmitted by sand flies like Phlebotomus perniciosus. Clinical signs and disease susceptibility vary according to various factors, incl...

    Authors: Alexis C. Burnham, Laura Ordeix, M. Magdalena Alcover, Pamela Martínez-Orellana, Sara Montserrat-Sangrà, Laura Willen, Tatiana Spitzova, Petr Volf and Laia Solano-Gallego

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:129

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  12. In endemic areas of zoonotic leishmaniosis caused by L. infantum, early detection of Leishmania infection in dogs is essential to control the dissemination of the parasite to humans. The aim of this study was to ...

    Authors: Carla Maia, José Cristóvão, André Pereira, Tatiana Kostalova, Tereza Lestinova, Petra Sumova, Petr Volf and Lenea Campino

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:119

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  13. The ability of tick-borne agents to survive in stored blood bags is a key factor for their transmissibility by blood transfusion. The aim of this study was to evaluate the survival and potential infectivity of Ri...

    Authors: Laura Lucchese, Silvia Ravagnan, Graziana Da Rold, Federica Toniolo, Wendy Wurzburger, Monica Mion, Antonio Carminato, Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Gioia Capelli, Alda Natale and Marta Vascellari

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:118

    Content type: Research

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  14. Dirofilaria immitis, Leishmania infantum and Toxoplasma gondii are zoonotic parasites which can affect domestic cats. Considering the lack of published data from the local feline population, this study aimed to a...

    Authors: Michelle Neves, Ana Patrícia Lopes, Carolina Martins, Raquel Fino, Cláudia Paixão, Liliana Damil, Clara Lima, Ana Margarida Alho, Henk D. F. H. Schallig, Jitender P. Dubey and Luís Cardoso

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:117

    Content type: Short report

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  15. Feline vector-borne pathogens (FeVBPs) have been increasingly investigated for their impact on cat health and their zoonotic potential. The aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence of FeVBPs and h...

    Authors: Maria Stefania Latrofa, Roberta Iatta, Federica Toniolo, Tommaso Furlanello, Silvia Ravagnan, Gioia Capelli, Bettina Schunack, Bruno Chomel, Andrea Zatelli, Jairo Mendoza-Roldan, Filipe Dantas-Torres and Domenico Otranto

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:116

    Content type: Research

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  16. An outbreak of leishmaniosis was studied in cats and dogs housed together with no separation in an animal shelter in Israel.

    Authors: Gad Baneth, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Adam Zuberi, Nirit Zipori-Barki, Laor Orshan, Gabriela Kleinerman, Ayelet Shmueli-Goldin, Michel Bellaiche, Monica Leszkowicz-Mazuz, Harold Salant and Daniel Yasur-Landau

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:115

    Content type: Research

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