Infectious disease prevalence in a feral cat ...



Title Infectious disease prevalence in a feral cat population on Prince Edward Island, Canada
Author(s) Vladimir Stojanovic, Peter Foley
Journal Canadian Veterinary Journal
Date 2011
Volume 52
Start page 979
End page 982
Abstract Ninety-six feral cats from Prince Edward Island were used to determine the prevalence of selected infectious agents. The prevalence rates were 5.2% for feline immunodeficiency virus, 3.1% for feline leukemia virus, 3.1 for Mycoplasma haemofelis, 8.4 for Canadidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum, 2.1% for Bartonella spp. and 29.8% for exposure to Toxoplasma gondii. Oocysts of T. gondii were detected 1.3% of the fecal samples that were collected. Gender and retroviral status of the cats were significantly correlated with hemoplasma infections. Use of a flea comb showed that 9.6 of the cats had fleas; however, flea infestation was not associated with any of the infectious agents.

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