Antibodies against spotted fever group Rickettsia sp., in horses of the colombian Orinoquia

Diego A. Riveros-Pinilla, G. Leidy Acevedo, Andrés F. Londoño, O. Agustín Góngora

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Objective. It was determined the presence of antibodies against Rickettsia sp. of the spotted fever group, in horses of 8 municipalities of the Colombian Orinoquia. Matherials and methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 246 sera from apparently healthy horses and processed by the indirect immunofluorescence test (IFI). Results. General seropositivity was (2.85%; 7/246), while by municipalities the results were, Arauca (9.1%; 2/22), Saravena (5.6%; 1/18), San José del Guaviare (4.9%; 2/41), San Martín (3.8%; 1/26), Yopal (1.9%; 1/52). It was not identified the presence of antibodies in Puerto López (0/52), Puerto Gaitán (0/15) and Villavicencio (0/20). Four of the positive samples presented titles of 1:64, while the remaining 3 1:128. Conclusions. It shows the circulation of Rickettsia sp. of the Spotted Fever Group in horses in the region of the Colombian Orinoquia, suggesting the need for further studies to understand the ecoepidemiology of municipalities with presence of seropositive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5004-5013
Number of pages10
JournalRevista MVZ Cordoba
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Horses
  • Rickettsia
  • Serology
  • Zoonoses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Veterinary


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