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WE would like to share with colleagues a significant increase in the number and severity of feline cowpox (FPxV) cases positively diagnosed in the UK in recent weeks.
At a recent meeting of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases, it was noted by several clinicians, as well as the present authors, that the severity of presenting skin lesions in a number of these cases was markedly atypical. Cases appear to be presenting with large areas of focal dermal necrosis (eschars) and/or extensive erythema and oedema (Fig 1). This presentation is not concordant with the usual clinical signs of small, …