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Use of a PCR assay to assess the prevalence and risk factors for Mycoplasma haemofelis and ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum’ in cats in the United Kingdom
  1. S. Tasker1,
  2. S. H. Binns1,
  3. M. J. Day1,
  4. T. J. Gruffydd-Jones1,
  5. D. A. Harbour1,
  6. C. R. Helps1,
  7. W. A. Jensen2,
  8. C. S. Olver3 and
  9. M. R. Lappin1
  1. 1 Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
  2. 2 Heska Corporaton, 1613 Prospect Parkway, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA
  3. 3 CVMBS-VTH, Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, 300 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA

Abstract

Blood samples from 426 healthy and sick cats in the UK were tested in a PCR assay for ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum’ and Mycoplasma haemofelis (basonym Haemobartonella felis). Seventy-two of the cats (16·9 per cent) were positive for ‘Candidatus M haemominutum’ alone, six (1·4 per cent) were positive for M haemofelis alone and one (0·2 per cent) was positive for both. Logistic regression analysis indicated that older male cats were significantly more likely to be infected with ‘Candidatus M haemominutum’, but there was no significant association between it and any of the haematological variables measured. M haemofelis infection was uncommon in the anaemic cats sampled, and there were too few positive cases for multivariable analysis to be performed for M haemofelis-positive status.

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