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J Vet Sci. 2017 Dec 31;18(4):541-545. doi: 10.4142/jvs.2017.18.4.541.

Infections by pathogens with different transmission modes in feral cats from urban and rural areas of Korea.

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1
Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA30602, USA.
2
Research institute for Veterinary Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea.

Abstract

In this study, we examine prevalences of three infectious pathogens with different transmission modes (Bartonella henselae, hemoplasma, and Toxoplasma gondii) in feral cats from urban and rural habitats. Infection status of the three pathogens in blood samples (n = 117) was determined through molecular or serological diagnostic methods. Overall prevalence of hemoplasma, Toxoplasma gondii, and Bartonella henselae was 47.9%, 50%, and 35.7%, respectively. Comparing the two habitats, only seroprevalence of Bartonella henselae was significantly higher in urban cats. Based on the results, we discuss how pathogens with distinct transmission modes may show different prevalence between urban and rural habitat types.

KEYWORDS:

Bartonella henselae; Toxoplasma gondii; feral cat; habitat type; hemoplasma

PMID:
28385003
PMCID:
PMC5746448
DOI:
10.4142/jvs.2017.18.4.541
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