Frequency of dogs with anti Leishmania Chagasi antibodies by immunochromatographic assay (DPP) in the city of Sinop, Mato Grosso, Brazil

L. M. J. Lopes, M. V. Bonfim, F. S. C. Santi, T. R. Berndt, J. Bartolomei Neto, A. S. Ferreira, W. V. Lazarotto, A. L. Vasconcelos, R. R. Oliveira, A. A. Novais

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Dogs are considered the main reservoir for visceral leishmaniasis infection in humans, a serious disease that is a relevant public health problem due to its wide geographical distribution. To date, there haven’t been notification of Canine Visceral Leishmaniasis (CVL) in official health agencies of Sinop city, state of Mato Grosso. CVL diagnosis is difficult due to the variety of symptoms of the disease. In addition, animals may remain asymptomatic for life. In this study, the frequency of anti Leishmania chagasi antibodies was observed in 201 dogs referred to the clinical routine of the Veterinary Hospital of the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Campus of Sinop, during a 67 days period, through immunochromatographic method (DPP). Obtained results showed that seven animals were positive while one hundred ninety four were negative to the test. This result is relevant as far as it may increase the risk of CVL dispersion to non-endemic areas, highlighting the need of implementation effective measures to quickly detect Leishmania chagasi and prevent epidemiological situations.


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: leishmaniasis, zoonosis, canine

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.36560/131120201149

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