Hepatozoonosis in cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management

Lloret, A. et al. (2015) Hepatozoonosis in cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 17(7), pp. 642-644. (doi: 10.1177/1098612X15589879) (PMID:26101318)

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Overview: Hepatozoonosis of domestic cats has been reported in several countries, mainly as a subclinical infection. Disease agent: Infection has been described mostly in areas where canine infection is present and, in recent years, Hepatozoon felis has been identified as a distinct species by molecular techniques. The vector for feline hepatozoonosis remains unknown and the pathogenesis has not been elucidated. Infection in cats: Feline hepatozoonosis is mainly a subclinical infection and few cases have been reported with clinical signs. The diagnosis of hepatozoonosis in cats can be made by observation of parasite gamonts in blood smears, parasite meronts in muscles by histopathology, and detection of parasite DNA in blood and tissue by PCR. Disease management: The treatment of choice is not known, but single cases have been treated with doxycycline or oxytetracycline and primaquine. Although the mode of transmission and the type of vector is not known, preventive treatment against blood-sucking vectors (fleas and ticks) is advised.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hosie, Professor Margaret and Addie, Dr Diane
Authors: Lloret, A., Addie, D. D., Boucraut-Baralon, C., Egberink, H., Frymus, T., Gruffydd-Jones, T., Hartmann, K., Horzinek, M. C., Hosie, M. J., Lutz, H., Marsilio, F., Pennisi, M. G., Radford, A. D., Thiry, E., Truyen, U., and Mostl, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1532-2750

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