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Lyme Borreliosis in Domestic Animals

Stephen W. Barthold
from: Lyme Disease and Relapsing Fever Spirochetes: Genomics, Molecular Biology, Host Interactions and Disease Pathogenesis (Edited by: Justin D. Radolf and D. Scott Samuels). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2021) Pages: 627-648.


Several domestic animals, including dogs, cats, horses, cows and small ruminants are frequent incidental hosts for infection with Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.). Subclinical infection is quite common, but all species covered in this chapter may develop clinical disease. Disease manifestations are variable and often transient, but arthritis is common. Neuroborreliosis has been described in dogs and is a particularly noteworthy syndrome in horses. The dog has served as an experimental model, and considerable information on B. burgdorferi pathogenesis, therapy and prevention is available for this species read more ...
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