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Seroprevalence of Lyme disease in gray wolves from Minnesota and Wisconsin

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

To determine the seroprevalence of Lyme disease in gray wolves (Canis lupus) from various counties of Minnesota and Wisconsin (USA), 589 serum samples were collected from 528 wolves from 1972 to 1989. An indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) test was used to detect the presence of antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi. Titers of greater than or equal to 1:100 were considered positive. Results were confirmed by testing a few selected sera by Western blotting. Of the 589 sera tested, 15 (3%) had IFA titers of greater than or equal to 1:100. Three of the positive samples were collected from Douglas County in Wisconsin and twelve were from Minnesota counties. This study indicates that wolves are exposed to B. burgdorferi and are susceptible to Lyme disease.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Seroprevalence of Lyme disease in gray wolves from Minnesota and Wisconsin
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
28
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
177-182
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
First page:
177
Last page:
182
Number of Pages:
6