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Filoni, C; Catão-Dias, J L; Cattori, V; Willi, B; Meli, M L; Ramiro Corrêa, S H; Cristina Marques, M; Harumi Adania, C; Ramos Silva, J C; Vianna Marvulo, M F; Ferreira Neto, J S; Luiz Durigon, E; de Carvalho, V M; Dall'acqua Coutinho, S; Lutz, H; Hofmann-Lehmann, R (2012). Surveillance using serological and molecular methods for the detection of infectious agents in captive Brazilian neotropic and exotic felids. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 24(1):166-173.

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The aim of the current study was to investigate the exposure of captive wild felids to various infectious pathogens using serological and molecular methods. One hundred and fifty-nine neotropic felids and 51 exotic felids from 28 captive settings in Brazil were tested. While antibodies against Feline parvovirus and Feline coronavirus (FCoV), Feline calicivirus and Bartonella spp. were frequently detected by serologic tests, antibodies against Felid herpesvirus 1 or infection with hemotropic mycoplasmas were less prevalent. Serologic evidence of exposure to Ehrlichia spp., Feline immunodeficiency virus, and Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) was detected rarely, and infections with FeLV, Ehrlichia spp., and Cytauxzoon spp. were found infrequently. The detected Bartonella sequence was molecularly similar to B. koehlerae and B. henselae; for Cytauxzoon, the sequence resembled those from domestic cats. No Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Theileria spp. infections were detected. The positive test results varied significantly among different facilities and species. Additionally, FCoV seropositivity was more prevalent in captivity than in free-ranging populations. Results suggest that testing is appropriate prior to relocation of felids.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Deposited On:27 Sep 2011 07:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:01
Publisher:Sage Publications
Publisher DOI:10.1177/1040638711407684
PubMed ID:21908268

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