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Tuesday, November 3 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Parasitology and Serology of Free-Ranging Coyotes (Canis latrans) in North Carolina

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Maria B. Palamar, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commision; M. Colter Chitwood, Morgan; B. Swingen, Marcus A. Lashley –North Carolina State University; James R. Flowers, Charles S. Apperson –College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University; Colleen Olfenbuttel, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; Christopher E. Moorman, Christopher S. DePerno –North Carolina State University

Coyotes (Canis latrans) have recently expanded into the eastern United States and can serve as a source of pathogens to domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), livestock, and humans. We examined free-ranging coyotes from central North Carolina, USA, for select parasites and seroprevalence against viral and bacterial agents of interest. Most coyotes (81%) had ticks, with Amblyomma americanum detected on 83% of those with ticks. Fifteen (47%) coyotes tested positive for heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) with higher detection rates in adults (75% compared to 22% in juveniles). Serology revealed antibodies against canine adenovirus (71%), canine coronavirus (32%), canine distemper virus (17%), canine parvovirus (96%), and Leptospira spp. (7%). We did not detect antibodies against Brucella abortus or B. canis. Because coyotes are widespread newcomers to the eastern United States and due to their roaming behavior, they could increase the risk of infections from economically important diseases (e.g., brucellosis), thus, understanding disease presence in the coyote population is important.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 4:40pm - 5:00pm EST
Ballroom Salon A

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