Serological and molecular evidence of exposure to arthropod-borne organisms in cats from northeastern Spain

Laia Solano-Gallego, Barbara Hegarty, Yvonne Espada, Joan Llull, Edward Breitschwerdt

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Abstract

One hundred sixty-eight cat sera from Spain were tested for IgG antibodies to Rickettsia conorii (Rc), Ehrlichia canis (Ec), Anaplasma phagocytophilum (Ap) and Bartonella henselae (Bh) antigens using IFA and for FeLV antigen and FIV antibody by ELISA. For 47 whole blood samples, PCR testing was performed for Rickettsia, Ehrlichia and Bartonella. Seroprevalences were: Bh (71.4%), Rc (44%), Ec (11.3%), FeLV (8.5%), FIV (7.4%) and Ap (1.8%). Bh antibodies were associated with seroreactivity to both Ec and Rc antigens. FIV antibodies were associated with illness and cats older than 2 years. Bartonella henselae and B. clarridgeiae (Bcl) DNA was amplified from seven and one sample, respectively. © 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-277
JournalVeterinary Microbiology
Volume118
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Cat
  • Retrovirus
  • Spain
  • Vector-borne pathogens

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