Volume 80, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In a rural area of Colombia endemic for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, we performed indirect immunofluorescent antibody assays for spp. and spp. using sera from randomly sampled dogs and horses to test the use of domestic animals as possible sentinels. Antibodies against spp. were detected in 8 dogs (31.8%). Antibody titers against antigen were positive in 4 dogs (18.2%) and 26 horses (16.3%). These values, albeit not directly comparable, are lower than those previously reported for humans in this region. A systemic approach to understanding dynamics of transmission is needed before implementing the use of domestic animals for disease surveillance activities.


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  • Received : 10 Dec 2008
  • Accepted : 17 Feb 2009

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