Infection to pathogens with different transmission modes in feral cats from urban and rural areas of Korea
Jusun Hwang1,2, Nicole Gottdenker1, Dae-Hyun Oh2 , Hang Lee2,*, Myung-Sun Chun2,*
1Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
2College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
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Received: July 11, 2016; Revised: February 16, 2017; Accepted: February 22, 2017; Published online: April 6, 2017.
In this study, we examine the prevalence of three infectious pathogens with different transmission modes (Bartonella henselae, hemoplasma and Toxoplasma gondii) in feral cats (Felis catus) from two unique habitat types, urban and rural. We determined the infection status of three pathogens in blood samples (total N=117) through molecular or serological diagnostic methods. Overall prevalence of hemoplasma, T. gondii and B. henselae was 47.9%, 50% and 35.7%, respectively. Only seroprevalence of B. henselae was significantly higher in urban cats. From this result, we discuss how pathogens with distinct transmission modes may show different prevalence between urban and rural habitat types.
Keywords: Feral cat, Toxoplasma gondii, Bartonella henselae, hemoplasma, habitat type

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