Chlamydial Diseases in Animals

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Veterinary Clinical Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1078

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Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh EH26 0PZ, UK
Interests: veterinary medicine; reproductive disease in ruminants; veterinary pathology; veterinary microbiology

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Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh EH26 0PZ, UK
Interests: veterinary microbiology

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Dear Colleagues,

Chlamydiosis includes a group of diseases caused by the Chlamydia genus bacteria. These infect a wide range of hosts, causing a broad range of infections and diseases, some of which have clinical significance in humans. These diseases include reproductive, ocular, encephalic, enteric and respiratory syndromes that can be fatal. Therefore, these diseases have an important role in human and animal health.

We are pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Animals entitled “Chlamydial Diseases in Animals”. This Special Issue aims to contribute to the interaction and diffusion of knowledge on Chlamydiosis in animals. I am pleased to invite you to contribute your research with different science foci, including biology, pharmacology, epidemiology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics, with the aim of providing tools for a better understanding of Chlamydial diseases in animals.

For this Special Issue, original research articles, case reports, short communications and reviews are welcome for submission. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: the discovery of new species, immunology and pathology studies, diagnostic techniques, novel vaccines, alternative treatments, host/pathogen interaction, epidemiological studies, risk factors and economic impacts.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Sergio Gastón Caspe
Dr. Holly Hill
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • chlamydiosis
  • zoonosis
  • ovine enzootic abortion
  • psittacosis
  • Chlamydiaceae

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Seroprevalence and Risk Factors Associated with Chlamydia abortus Infection in Sheep and Goats in North-Western Italy
by Chiara Nogarol, Monica Marchino, Sonia Scala, Manuela Belvedere, Giovanna Renna, Nicoletta Vitale and Maria Lucia Mandola
Animals 2024, 14(2), 291; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani14020291 - 17 Jan 2024
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Abstract
Chlamydia abortus, although poorly recognized as a human pathogen, is a zoonotic microorganism that can cause many different symptoms in humans, including subclinical infection and fatal illnesses in pregnant women. C. abortus is one of the most common causes of ovine and [...] Read more.
Chlamydia abortus, although poorly recognized as a human pathogen, is a zoonotic microorganism that can cause many different symptoms in humans, including subclinical infection and fatal illnesses in pregnant women. C. abortus is one of the most common causes of ovine and caprine infectious abortion worldwide, known as the causative agent of the enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE) or ovine enzootic abortion (OEA). To estimate C. abortus seroprevalence and the risk factors related to C. abortus in small ruminants, the sera from 3045 animals (both sheep and goat) belonging to 202 herds were tested and a questionnaire investigating flock management was administered. At the herd level, the true seroprevalence was 56.6% (CI95%: 46.9–66.3%), at sheep-farm and goat-farm level, the true seroprevalence was 71.4% (CI95%: 54.6–88.3%) and 44.8% (CI95%: 41.3–57.0%), respectively. The true seroprevalence was significantly higher among the sheep than the goats. The logistic regression model identified four factors associated with Chlamydia seropositivity: flock size (i.e., farms with >50 heads), contact with cattle, introduction of animals, and Coxiella seropositivity. The study evidenced a high seroprevalence of Chlamydia abortus in small ruminant farms in the Piedmont region. Considering its zoonotic potential and the health consequences in humans, communication to farmers on the importance of vaccination, as well as the sensibilization of farm vets, seem to be strategical. Full article
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