Prevalence and distribution of Dirofilaria immitis in domestic dogs from Ankara and vicinity in Turkey

Öge H., Doğanay A., Öge S., Yildirim A.

DEUTSCHE TIERARZTLICHE WOCHENSCHRIFT, vol.110, no.2, pp.69-72, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 110 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.69-72
  • Keywords: Dirofilaria immitis, saure Phosphatase, ELISA, Hund, HEARTWORM INFECTION, FILARIASIS, SPAIN
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


A total of 280 dogs in Ankara and vicinity were examined from November 2000 through December 2001 by the PetChek antigen ELISA and polycarbonate filter-acid phosphatase histochemical staining techniques for Dirofilaria immitis infection. Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm) infection was found in 26 dogs (9.3 %), all of which were kept always outdoors and non prophylacted by their owners. The distribution of heartworm infected dogs was not uniform. Infection with D. immitis was correlated with differences in age and sex. But, no significant association was found.