Canine tick-borne pathogens in Cyprus and a unique canine case of multiple co-infections

Charalampos Attipa, Chelsea A E Hicks, Emily N Barker, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Kyriaki Neofytou, Mathios E Mylonakis, Victoria I Siarkou, Elpida I Vingopoulou, Francesca Soutter, Dimosthenis Chochlakis, Anna Psaroulaki, Kostas Papasouliotis, Séverine Tasker

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Abstract

Canine tick-borne pathogens such as Ehrlichia canis and Hepatozoon canis are widespread in the Mediterranean basin but have never been reported or investigated in Cyprus. We describe herein the presence of canine tick-borne pathogens in three dogs with clinical signs compatible with vector-borne diseases from Paphos area of Cyprus. Molecular and phylogenetic analysis revealed the presence of E. canis, Anaplasma platys, H. canis, Babesia vogeli and Mycoplasma haemocanis in Cyprus. One dog co-infected with E. canis, H. canis, B. vogeli and M. haemocanis is, to the best of our knowledge, the first report of this multiple co-infection in dogs. The tick-borne pathogens reported in the current study should be considered in the differential diagnoses in dogs exposed to ticks in Cyprus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalTicks and Tick-borne Diseases
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anaplasma/genetics
  • Animals
  • Babesiosis/diagnosis
  • Coccidia/genetics
  • Coccidiosis/diagnosis
  • Coinfection/epidemiology
  • Cyprus/epidemiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dog Diseases/diagnosis
  • Dogs
  • Ehrlichia canis/genetics
  • Ehrlichiosis/diagnosis
  • Mycoplasma/genetics
  • Mycoplasma Infections/diagnosis
  • Phylogeny
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Tick-Borne Diseases/epidemiology
  • Ticks/microbiology

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