, Volume 176, Issue 3–4, pp 299–302 | Cite as

Serological Survey of Paracoccidioidomycosis in Cats

  • Gabriela Gonçalves de Oliveira
  • Donizeti Rodrigues Belitardo
  • Mara Regina Stipp Balarin
  • Roberta Lemos Freire
  • Zoilo Pires de Camargo
  • Mario Augusto OnoEmail author


The objective of the present study was to evaluate infection of cats by Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. Serum samples of 136 cats from rural (n = 86) and urban areas (n = 50) were analyzed by indirect ELISA and immunodiffusion test using P. brasiliensis gp43 and exoantigen as antigens, respectively, and an overall reactivity of 31.6 % was observed by ELISA although no reactivity was detected by immunodiffusion. The positivity observed in animals living in rural areas (48.8 %) with free access to soil was significantly higher (P < 0.0001) than among urban animals (2 %) with limited access to soil, although no significant difference was observed in relation to age or sex. The high rates of positivity observed in cats from rural areas suggest that not diagnosed cases of this mycosis may be occurring in cats living in endemic areas for human paracoccidioidomycosis. This is the first report showing serological evidence of P. brasiliensis infection in cats.


Epidemiology Paracoccidioides brasiliensis Feline Systemic mycosis 



The authors thank the CNPq, CAPES and the Araucaria Foundation for financial support, the CNPq for the productivity fellowship granted to MA Ono and ZP Camargo and the veterinarian Adilson Carlos Lúcio for help with collecting the blood samples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Gonçalves de Oliveira
    • 1
  • Donizeti Rodrigues Belitardo
    • 1
  • Mara Regina Stipp Balarin
    • 2
  • Roberta Lemos Freire
    • 2
  • Zoilo Pires de Camargo
    • 3
  • Mario Augusto Ono
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciências Patológicas, Centro de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Estadual de LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Medicina Veterinária PreventivaUniversidade Estadual de LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  3. 3.Disciplina de Biologia CelularUniversidade Federal de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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