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J Vet Sci 2017; 18(4): 541-545  https://doi.org/10.4142/jvs.2017.18.4.541
Infections by 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, GA30602, USA
2Research institute for Veterinary Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
Correspondence to: Myung-Sun Chun, Hang Lee
Tel: +82-2-880-1184; Fax: +82-2-873-1213; E-mails: jdchun@snu.ac.kr (MS Chun), hanglee@snu.ac.kr (H Lee)
Received: July 11, 2016; Revised: February 16, 2017; Accepted: February 22, 2017; Published online: December 31, 2017.
In this study, we examine prevalences of three infectious pathogens with different transmission modes (Bartonella henselae, hemoplasma, and Toxoplasma gondii) in feral cats from urban and rural habitats. Infection status of the three pathogens in blood samples (n = 117) was determined through molecular or serological diagnostic methods. Overall prevalence of hemoplasma, Toxoplasma gondii, and Bartonella henselae was 47.9%, 50%, and 35.7%, respectively. Comparing the two habitats, only seroprevalence of Bartonella henselae was significantly higher in urban cats. Based on the results, we discuss how pathogens with distinct transmission modes may show different prevalence between urban and rural habitat types.
Keywords: Bartonella henselae, Toxoplasma gondii, feral cat, habitat type, hemoplasma

© 2017 The Korean Society of Veterinary Science.

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