Issue 2

Journal for Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology and Biosafety

Volume 1, Issue 2, June 2015, Pages 22–24

ISSN 2411-3174 (print version) ISSN 2411-0388 (online version)


Potkonjak A., Vračar V., Novakov N., Stevančević O., Stojanac N.

University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Novi Sad, Serbia, e-mail:

Savić S.

Scientific Veterinary Institute ‘Novi Sad’, Novi Sad, Serbia

Petrović A., Jurišić A., Rajković D.

University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Environmental and Plant Protection, Novi Sad, Serbia

Bursać A.

JKP ‘Zoohigijena i veterina Novi Sad’, Novi Sad, Serbia

Lukić B.

Veterinary ambulance ‘Moj veterinar’, Kać, Serbia

Gerilovych A.

National Scientific Center ‘Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine’, Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Citation for print version: Potkonjak A., Vračar V., Novakov N., Stevančević O., Stojanac N., Savić S., Petrović A., Jurišić A., Rajković D., Bursać A.. Lukić B. and Gerilovych A. (2015) ‘Seroepidemiological research of babesiosis in dogs in the area of Novi Sad, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia’, Journal for Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology and Biosafety, 1(2), pp. 22–24.

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Citation for online version: Potkonjak A., Vračar V., Novakov N., Stevančević O., Stojanac N., Savić S., Petrović A., Jurišić A., Rajković D., Bursać A.. Lukić B. and Gerilovych A. (2015) ‘Seroepidemiological research of babesiosis in dogs in the area of Novi Sad, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia’, Journal for Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology and Biosafety. [Online] 1(2), pp. 22–24. Available at:

Summary. Canine babesiosis is emerging tick-borne disease of dogs. Due to the expansion of the vector, increase in the incidence of this disease in Europe is evident. The aim of this research is to conduct a seroepidemiological cross-sectional study and to establish the value of seroprevalence of canine babesiosis caused by B. canis.

The study included population of dogs from the area of Novi Sad. Blood sera from 191 dogs were serologically tested using indirect immunofluorescent antibody test. The dogs were divided into three groups as following: hunting dogs, companion dogs and stray dogs.

The determined overall seroprevalence of B. canis infection in the examined dog population was 26.17%. The highest seroprevalence of this infection was evident in the group of stray dogs (35.0%), followed by seroprevalence — in the group of hunting dogs (32.75%), and the lowest — in the group of companion dogs (13.7%). Divergence in the results obtained in our research and previous studies conducted in Serbia indicates the necessity of more extensive seroepidemiological and molecular studies of canine babesiosis.

Keywords: canine babesiosis, Babesia canis, seroprevalence, dogs, indirect immunofluorescent antibody test, Serbia


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