Molecular detection of a Hepatozoon species in stray cats from a feline colony in North-eastern Spain

A. Ortuño, J. Castellà, A. Criado-Fornelio, A. Buling, J. C. Barba-Carretero

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Abstract

Within the framework of a local animal health programme, the presence of ectoparasites and haemoparasites was investigated in a colony of 25 cats in Barcelona. Diagnosis was performed both by standard parasitological procedures and molecular techniques. All cats were negative to haematozoan infection by microscopic examination of blood smears. However, Hepatozoon spp. was found in four cats as shown by amplification and sequencing of the 18S rRNA gene. Cat isolates were 100% identical to the isolate Hepatozoon spp. (Spain 2) from Southern Spain. This is the first time that Hepatozoon spp. has been identified in cats from Northern Spain. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-135
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume177
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008

Keywords

  • Ectoparasites
  • Hepatozoon spp.
  • PCR
  • Stray cats

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