Neosporosis

Neosporosis is a disease of dogs and cattle caused by the parasitic protozoan Neospora caninum.

The life cycle of this parasite is strikingly similar to that of the closely related and better known protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, except that the dog is the definitive host of Neospora.

In dogs it causes a relatively rare but serious disease of the central nervous system.

In cattle, this protozoan causes scours. The occurrence of this parasite is relatively rare in the Czech Republic.

The prevalence of antibodies against Neospora caninum in our animals is significantly lower than the prevalence of antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii.

Contact

MVDr. Roman Masopust
+420 770 118 901
roman.masopust@svupraha.cz

Description

Parasitic disease, the dog is the definitive host, cattle the intermediate host.  In puppies it can cause paralysis of the pelvic limbs, inappetence. In cattle it causes late abortions.

Neosporosis testing uses specific NIFR/ELISA methods for antibody detection.

Virology and serology

MVDr. Jitka Horníčková
+420 604 917 488
jitka.hornickova@svupraha.cz

Information and Results

+420 251 031 704
+420 251 031 302
ester.kucerova@svupraha.cz

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