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Observed occurrence of Tritrichomonas foetus and other enteric parasites in Australian cattery and shelter cats

Bissett, S.A., Stone, M.L., Malik, R., Norris, J.M., O'Brien, C., Mansfield, C.S., Nicholls, J.M., Griffin, A. and Gookin, J.L. (2009) Observed occurrence of Tritrichomonas foetus and other enteric parasites in Australian cattery and shelter cats. Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery, 11 (10). pp. 803-807.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfms.2009.02.001
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Abstract

Cattery-housed pedigree cats, located mostly within the USA, have the highest reported prevalence of Tritrichomonas foetus (T foetus) to date. This prospective, multi-institutional, cross sectional study examines the occurrence of T foetus and other enteric parasites in cattery-housed and shelter cats within Australia, where T foetus has only recently been identified. Faecal specimens were collected from 134 cats, including 82 cattery-housed pedigree cats and 52 shelter cats. Faecal examinations performed for most cats included concentration techniques, Snap Giardia test, culture in InPouch medium, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of T foetus ribosomal ribonucleic acid (rRNA) genes using species-specific primers. Observed occurrence of T foetus, Giardia species, Isospora species and Toxascaris leonina for cattery-housed cats (and catteries) were 0%, 7.4 (13.8)%, 10.9 (22.6)% and 1.6 (3.2)%, respectively. Observed occurrence of T foetus, Giardia species, Isospora species and hookworms for shelter cats were 0%, 11.5%, 9.8% and 4.9%, respectively. These results suggest the prevalence of T foetus in cattery-housed cats is currently much lower in Australia than in the USA, while Isospora and Giardia species infections are common.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: 2011 Elsevier
Copyright: © 2009 ESFM and AAFP.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/7197
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