Bacterial and protozoal agents of feline vector-borne diseases in domestic and stray cats from southern Portugal
- Autores: Bastos F, Campino L, Cardoso L, Coimbra M, Maia C, Martins A, Nunes M, Pinto P, Ramos C, Vieira ML
- Ano de Publicação: 2014
- Journal: Parasites & Vectors
- Link: http://www.parasitesandvectors.com/content/7/1/115
Feline vector-borne diseases (FVBD) have emerged in recent years, showing a wider geographic distribution and increased global prevalence. In addition to their veterinary importance, domestic cats play a central role in the transmission cycles of some FVBD agents by acting as reservoirs and sentinels, a circumstance that requires a One Health approach. The aim of the present work was to molecularly detect feline vector-borne bacteria and protozoa with veterinary and zoonotic importance, and to assess associated risk factors in cats from southern Portugal.