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Examination of Koch’s postulates for Borrelia burgdorferi as the causative agent of limb/joint dysfunction in dogs with borreliosis.

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Abstract

Borrelia burgdorferi has been implicated as the causative agent of borreliosis in dogs, which is characteristically a limb/joint disorder, but can be associated with multiple-organ dysfunction. Attempts to reproduce this
disease by inoculating dogs with B burgdorferi have not been successful. In the study of this report, B burgdorferi from Ixodes dammini ticks was used to induce signs of limb/joint dysfunction, fever, anorexia, depression, and systemic infection in dogs. A pure culture of this bacterium from the blood of an infected dog has been used to fulfill Koch’s postulates for B burgdorferi as the causative agent of limb/joint dysfunction associated with borreliosis in dogs.

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1992 Aug 1;201(3):412-8.

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