The first finding of antibodies to Encephalitozoon cuniculi in cows in Slovakia

Vet Parasitol. 1999 Mar 31;82(2):167-71. doi: 10.1016/s0304-4017(99)00008-4.


The presence of antibodies against Encephalitozoon cuniculi in cows was observed by the method of indirect immunofluorescence (IFAT). The animals reacting at the titre 1:64 and more were considered positive. Of the total number of 55 sera examined, 20 were positive at the titre 1:64, from which four were positive at the titre 1:256 also. Our results indicate that it is very important to carry out screening examinations in large-scale breeding of cattle due to the persistent high percentage of bovine abortions and disorders in the reproductive cycle of unknown etiology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Veterinary / parasitology
  • Abortion, Veterinary / prevention & control
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Protozoan / blood*
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cattle Diseases / parasitology*
  • Chlorocebus aethiops
  • Encephalitozoon cuniculi / immunology*
  • Encephalitozoonosis / epidemiology
  • Encephalitozoonosis / veterinary*
  • Female
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect / veterinary
  • Pregnancy
  • Slovakia / epidemiology
  • Vero Cells


  • Antibodies, Protozoan