Antibody responses against natural Taenia hydatigena infection in dogs in Kenya

D. J. Jenkins, R. B. Gasser, T. Romig, E. Zeyhle

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Abstract

Antibody responses (IgG) against Taenia hydatigena infection in dogs in Kenya were analysed in ELISA using excretory/secretory products of T. hydatigena scoleces derived from goat cysticercus cysts. Helminth infections of individual dogs were confirmed at autopsy. T. hydatigena worms were found in 89.5% of 143 dogs, and positive anti-T. hydatigena antibody levels were detected in 58.7% of infected dogs. Positive antiscolex antibody levels were detected in 40.0% of Turkana dogs uninfected with T. hydatigena, suggesting previous infection. Antibody was not detected in 34.4% of infected dogs. There was no relationship between individual T. hydatigena worm burdens and absorbance values for sera in ELISA. It was not possible to distinguish between sera from T. hydatigena-infected and uninfected dogs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-253
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1991

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