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Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in dogs from Cotia county, São Paulo State, Brazil.


Dogs sera samples collected from Cotia County, São Paulo were tested using indirect immunoenzymatic test (ELISA) in order to study
Lyme disease serology in dogs. ELISA method was standardized and G39/40 North American strain of Borrelia burgdorferi was used as antigen. Positive results were confirmed employing the Western blotting technique. Because of the possibility of cross-reactions, sera were also tested for different serological strains of Leptospira interrogans and L. biflexa using microscopic sera agglutination test. Twenty-three of 237 (9.7%) serum samples were positive in the ELISA; 20 of them (86.9%) were confirmed by the Western blotting, what suggests that Cotia may be a risk area for
Lyme disease. Although 4 samples (1.7%) were positive for
Lyme disease and leptospirosis, no correlation was found between the results (X(2) = 0.725; p = 0.394) what suggests absence of serological cross reactivity.

Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 2001 Sep-Oct;43(5):251-5. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t [1]