Detection of Wolbachia in Dirofilaria infected dogs in Portugal
- Autores: Alho A, Belo S, Calado M, Carvalho LM, Cunha C, Ferreira CC, Landum M, Mauricio I, Meireles JS
- Ano de Publicação: 2014
- Journal: Veterinary Parasitology
- Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304401714003069
Wolbachia pipiens, an intracellular endosymbiont bacteria of filarial nematodes, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of filarial diseases, in particular in heavy Dirofilaria spp. infections. Antibiotic therapy (doxycycline) against Wolbachia has been proven to be suitable adjunct therapy, prior to adulticide treatment of canine dirofilariosis.