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Zoonoses
Unusual presentations of feline cowpox
  1. Conor O'Halloran1,
  2. Jorge Del-Pozo1,
  3. Craig Breheny1,
  4. Danielle Gunn-Moore1,
  5. Melanie Dobromylskyj2,
  6. Kostas Papasoulitis3,
  7. Kerry Simpson4 and
  8. Julia Henken5
  1. 1Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  2. 2Finn Pathologists, One Eyed Lane, Weybread, Norfolk IP21 5TT
  3. 3School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
  4. 4Highcroft Veterinary Referrals, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 9BE
  5. 5Batchelor, Davidson and Watson, Edinburgh EH4 3QP; e-mail: conor.o'halloran@roslin.ed.ac.uk

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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, …

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