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Seroprevalence of Neospora caninum in Holstein dairy cattle in northeast of Iran

Abbas Mikhchi1*, Ghobad Asgari Jafarabadi2 and Mahdi Elahi Torshizi3

1Department of Animal Science, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran; 2Department of Animal Science, Varamin-Pishva Branch, Islamic Azad University, Varamin, Tehran, Iran; 3Department of Animal Science, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran


Neospora caninum, a cyst forming coccidian parasite, is an important cause of abortion in cattle worldwide. The present work aims to update knowledge on the presence of Neospora caninum in cattle from northeast of Iran. The study was performed in Mashhad suburb in Khorasan Razavi Province, in northeast of Iran. Serum samples were collected from 116 Holstein dairy cattle that were between three and five months of pregnancy from seven dairy herds. Chi-square tests were used for statistical analyses. The prevalence of N. caninum in cattle herds was 24.3 %. There was no significant difference in the proportion of N. caninum -seropositive animals within different parity groups but there was significant difference between different parity groups. The results of this study confirmed the presence of N.caninum in cows in Mashhad area. Culling seropositive cows and their offspring has been recommended for the control of N. caninum in herds with a low prevalence of infection.

Keywords: Abortion, Holstein dairy cattle, Northeast of Iran. Neospora caninum
To cite this article: Mikhchi A, GA Jafarabadi and ME Torshizi, 2013. Seroprevalence of Neospora caninum in Holstein dairy cattle in northeast of Iran. Res. Opin. Anim. Vet. Sci., 3(12), 453-456.

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