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Transbound Emerg Dis. 2012 Jun;59(3):279-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1865-1682.2011.01265.x. Epub 2011 Oct 17.

Domesticated cats with active mycobacteria infections have low serum vitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations.

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Division of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, University of Edinburgh, Roslin, Edinburgh, UK.


Vitamin D insufficiency is regularly observed in human patients with tuberculosis but it is unknown if spontaneous mycobacteria infections in other species are associated with suboptimal vitamin D status. Serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations were significantly lower in cats with mycobacteriosis than in healthy cats (P < 0.001).

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