Encephalitozoon cuniculi has been associated with natural cases of abortion and stillbirth in horses. However, little is known about the prevalence of this parasite in horses. We examined sera from 559 horses from Brazil for antibodies to E. cuniculi using the indirect immunofluorescent antibody (IFA) test and the direct agglutination test (DAT). We found that 79 (14.1%) were positive in the IFA test and 70 (12.5%) were positive in the DAT. Compared to the IFA as the "gold standard" the sensitivity of the DAG was 94.0% and the specificity was 96.1%. Our study indicates that horses in Brazil are frequently exposed to E. cuniculi.
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Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Supported in part by a Clinical Research grant from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Agglutination test
- Encephalitozoon cuniculi
- Indirect immunofluorescent antibody test
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Veterinary (all)