Seroprevalence and risk factors of Besnoitia Besnoiti infection in Korean cattle - Short communication

Seung Hun Lee, Kyung Yeon Eo, Byeong Yeal Jung, Dongmi Kwak, Oh Deog Kwon

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Besnoitia besnoiti is an obligate intracellular parasite that is transmitted by direct contact or via mechanical transmission by flies as vectors. Besnoitiosis causes economic losses in the cattle industry and is regarded as a re-emerging disease in Europe. This study evaluated the seroprevalence of B. besnoiti in Korean cattle using a commercial ELISA kit. Among 558 serum samples, 19 (3.4%) tested seropositive for B. besnoiti. The statistically significant risk factors included age (≥ 2 years), sex (castrated males), and region (lower latitudes) (P < 0.05). The overall seroprevalence suggested a wide distribution of B. besnoiti infection in cattle reared in Korea. Thus, the practice of intensive cattle husbandry and the regionally different seroprevalence of B. besnoiti infection in cattle in Korea warrant routine monitoring and vector control to reduce economical losses due to bovine besnoitiosis in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-516
Number of pages7
JournalActa Veterinaria Hungarica
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • Besnoitia besnoiti
  • Cattle
  • Re-emerging disease
  • Seroprevalence
  • Vector-borne disease


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