Seroprevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in a population of horses in central Texas. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Four hundred sixty-nine serum samples were obtained from horses admitted to the internal medicine service of the Texas Veterinary Medical Center between Jan 1 and Dec 31, 1990. Serum samples were tested by ELISA for antibody to Borrelia burgdorferi. Of these 469 samples, 1 (0.2%) was repeatedly seropositive for the organism by ELISA. Confirmatory testing by protein immunoblot was negative. The observed seroprevalence was 0%; the upper bound of the 95% confidence interval was 0.6%. These findings indicate the evidence of infection with B burgdorferi is presently uncommon in horses in central Texas.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cohen, N. D., Heck, F. C., Heim, B., Flad, D. M., Bosler, E. M., & Cohen, D.

citation count

  • 19

publication date

  • October 1992