Seroprevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in a population of horses in central Texas

N. D. Cohen From the Departments of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery (N. Cohen, Heim) and Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology (Heck), College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, the State of New York Department of Health, Health Science Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (Bosler), and the Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Flad, D. Cohen).

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F. C. Heck From the Departments of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery (N. Cohen, Heim) and Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology (Heck), College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, the State of New York Department of Health, Health Science Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (Bosler), and the Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Flad, D. Cohen).

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B. Heim From the Departments of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery (N. Cohen, Heim) and Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology (Heck), College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, the State of New York Department of Health, Health Science Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (Bosler), and the Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Flad, D. Cohen).

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D. M. Flad From the Departments of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery (N. Cohen, Heim) and Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology (Heck), College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, the State of New York Department of Health, Health Science Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (Bosler), and the Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Flad, D. Cohen).

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E. M. Bosler From the Departments of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery (N. Cohen, Heim) and Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology (Heck), College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, the State of New York Department of Health, Health Science Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (Bosler), and the Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Flad, D. Cohen).

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D. Cohen From the Departments of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery (N. Cohen, Heim) and Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology (Heck), College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, the State of New York Department of Health, Health Science Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (Bosler), and the Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (Flad, D. Cohen).

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Summary

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.

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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.

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