Identification of Haemobartonella felis (Mycoplasma ...

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Title Identification of Haemobartonella felis (Mycoplasma haemofelis) in captive nondomestic cats
Author(s) M. Haefner, T. J. Burke, B. E. Kitchell, Leigh A. Lamont, D. J. Schaeffer, M. Behr, J. B. Messick
Journal Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Date 2003
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 139
End page 143
Abstract This study was undertaken to determine whether Haemobartonella felis (Mycoplasma haemofelis), the causative bacterial agent of feline infectious anemia, infects nondomestic cats. Routine complete blood count and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were performed to detect the gene for 16S ribosomal RNA for the organism. Sixty-four blood samples were collected from 54 nondomestic cats, including tigers (Panthera tigris), cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), lions (P. leo), mountain lions (Felis concolor), snow leopards (P. unica), and a jaguar (P. onca). Some cats were sampled on two or three different dates. Two tigers were positive for H. felis by PCR analysis. As previously described in domestic cats, the parasitemia appears to be intermittent in nondomestic cats.

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