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Serological prevalence study of exposure of cats and dogs in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia to spotted fever group rickettsiae

Izzard, L., Cox, E., Stenos, J., Waterston, M., Fenwick, S. and Graves, S. (2010) Serological prevalence study of exposure of cats and dogs in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia to spotted fever group rickettsiae. Australian Veterinary Journal, 88 (1-2). pp. 29-31.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.2009.00538.x
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Abstract

A sero-epidemiological study of cats and dogs in the Launceston area of Tasmania, Australia was undertaken to determine the prevalence of antibodies to spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae. Results showed that 59% of cats and 57% of dogs were positive for antibodies, but there was no correlation between the animal's health and seropositivity at the time of testing, suggesting that rickettsial exposure is unrelated to ill-health in these two species of domestic animals.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: © 2010 Australian Veterinary Association.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3874
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