ANTIBODIES TO BARTONELLA VINSONII SUBSP. BERKHOFFII IN MOROCCAN DOGS

JENNIFER B. HENN Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, California; College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California

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BRIAN A. VANHORN Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, California; College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California

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RICKIE W. KASTEN Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, California; College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California

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MALIKA KACHANI Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, California; College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California

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BRUNO B. CHOMEL Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, California; College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California

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Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii is a fastidious microorganism that has been recognized as an emerging human and canine pathogen. We report for the first time on the prevalence of antibodies to B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii in domestic dogs from Morocco. The overall seroprevalence was 38% (56 of 147 dogs tested). Most of the seropositive dogs were stray dogs from Rabat (36%, 8 of 22) and Khenifra (47%, 47 of 101). Antibodies against B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii were found infrequently among pet dogs from Rabat (4%, 1 of 24).

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Reprint requests: Bruno B. Chomel, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA 95616, Telephone: 530-752-8112, Fax: 530-752-2377, E-mail: bbchomel@ucdavis.edu.
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