2014
DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-115
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Bacterial and protozoal agents of feline vector-borne diseases in domestic and stray cats from southern Portugal

Abstract: BackgroundFeline vector-borne diseases (FVBD) have emerged in recent years, showing a wider geographic distribution and increased global prevalence. In addition to their veterinary importance, domestic cats play a central role in the transmission cycles of some FVBD agents by acting as reservoirs and sentinels, a circumstance that requires a One Health approach. The aim of the present work was to molecularly detect feline vector-borne bacteria and protozoa with veterinary and zoonotic importance, and to assess… Show more

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“…We found the same association comparing seropositivity in cats (present study) and dogs (20) at matching geographic location. Related epidemiological profile between cats and dogs was also found in Central Italy (22) and Portugal (16,26,27) . This association suggests once more that the major factor implicated in ehrlichiosis prevalence is that associated to the vector biology in a tick-free environment rather than host factors, including host species (28) .…”
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confidence: 63%
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“…We found the same association comparing seropositivity in cats (present study) and dogs (20) at matching geographic location. Related epidemiological profile between cats and dogs was also found in Central Italy (22) and Portugal (16,26,27) . This association suggests once more that the major factor implicated in ehrlichiosis prevalence is that associated to the vector biology in a tick-free environment rather than host factors, including host species (28) .…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 63%
“…It is known that clinical cases of ehrlichiosis in these animals are not common (8) . This aspect suggests that the felines might act as potential asymptomatic reservoirs and sentinels of E. canis and other vectorborne agents (16,33) .…”
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“…Em gatos domésticos, já foi documentada a infecção natural e experimental por Ehrlichia spp. (Almosny 1998, Little 2010, Ebani & Bertelloni 2014, Maia et al 2014) e assume-se que as alterações clínicas e laboratoriais nessa espécie sejam semelhantes às que ocorrem em cães (Almosny 1998, Little 2010, Braga et al 2013. Braga et al (2013) encontraram anemia, trombocitopenia e linfopenia nos gatos positivos na PCR para E. canis.…”
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“…Conventional PCR: PCR Amplification was also performed from extracted DNA as described previously by Maia et al (2014) using the following primer set and amplification conditions: PIRO-A: 52 -AAT ACC CAA TCC TGA CACAGG G-32 PIRO-B: 52 -TTA AAT ACG AAT GCC CCCAAC-32…”
Section: Methodsmentioning
confidence: 99%