Prevalence of infection with Dirofilaria immitis in cats in Townsville, Australia

Adagra, Carl, Squires, Richard, Adagra, Angela, Elliman, Jennifer, and Constantinoiu, Constantin (2021) Prevalence of infection with Dirofilaria immitis in cats in Townsville, Australia. Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports, 24. 100580.

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Abstract

Studies on the prevalence of infection by Dirofilaria immitis in Australian cats are rare. The current study aimed to determine the prevalence of infection with D. immitis in a tropical region of Australia by antigen, antibody and PCR testing. 172 healthy cats over 6 months of age from the Townsville region of Australia were tested for D. immitis specific antibodies and antigen using a commercially available kit. 50 samples were subsequently retested using a second commercially available antibody kit. 48 of these samples were checked for D. immitis DNA using PCR. No cat tested positive on any test. Maximum antigen and antibody prevalence was calculated as 1.27% and 2.10%, respectively.

Item ID: 68683
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2405-9390
Keywords: Dirofilaria immitis; Cats; Heartworm; Australia
Copyright Information: © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Funders: James Cook University (JCU), Tropical Qld Cat Clinic Pty Ltd.
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 04:06
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3009 Veterinary sciences > 300909 Veterinary parasitology @ 50%
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