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Feline vector-borne diseases

Thompson, M. and Irwin, P.ORCID: 0000-0002-0006-8262 (2016) Feline vector-borne diseases. Veterinary Focus, 26 (2). pp. 25-31.

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By comparison with diseases transmitted to dogs by hematophagous (blood-feeding) arthropods, veterinarians appear to be relatively unaware about the global importance of feline vector-borne diseases (FVBD) (1). However, with greater understanding of FVBD, it should come as no surprise that many of the factors responsible for emerging infectious diseases in canines and humans are also relevant to our feline patients. Whenever a blood transfusion for a clients cat is required, or a feline patient presents with unexplained fever, anemia or thrombocytopenia, the clinician should always consider the possibility of a blood-borne, arthropod-transmitted infection. This brief review aims to provide veterinary practitioners with an insight to the key issues pertaining to the distribution, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of FVBD.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: International Veterinary Information Service
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