Korean J Parasitol.  2013 Jun;51(3):375-377. 10.3347/kjp.2013.51.3.375.

Prevalence of Dirofilaria immitis in Dogs in Shenyang, Northeastern China

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  • 1Shenyang Police Dog Technical College, 4 BaiShan Road, Shenyang, Liaoning Province 110034, China.
  • 2College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Shenyang Agricultural University, DongLing Road No. 120, Shenyang, Liaoning Province 110866, China. dayangna@163.com

Abstract

In the present study, we first report the seroprevalence of Dirofilaria immitis in dogs in Shenyang, northeastern China. Sera from 528 randomly selected dogs were examined for D. immitis antigen using SNAP(R)4Dx test kit; 12.7% tested showed seropositive. No significant difference of infection was observed in different genders and breeds (P>0.05), but the difference was significant in different age groups and rearing conditions (P<0.05). The result suggested that the risk of exposure to D. immitis in dogs is high in Shenyang, and should be given attention.

Keyword

Dirofilaria immitis; seroprevalence; dog; SNAP(R)4Dx test kit

MeSH Terms

Animals
China/epidemiology
*Dirofilaria immitis
Dirofilariasis/epidemiology/*parasitology
Dog Diseases/epidemiology/*parasitology
Dogs
Seroepidemiologic Studies
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