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Chlamydial infection of cats and human health

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Chlamydia psittaci var.felis is considered as a primary and important agent in the etiology of infectious diseases of the upper respiratory tract and eyes in cats, having zoonotic potential. We investigated 13 cats aged between 2 months and 7 years, in which conjunctivitis, rhinitis, laryngotracheitis, bronchopneumonia and lymph adenopathy was clinically diagnosed. To detect the antigen ofC. psittaci the Clearview Chlamydia Direct Test was used for the first time. The presence ofC. psittaci in 10 of 13 investigated cats and in 8 nasal mucosa smears from 10 investigated cats were confirmed in conjunctiva. Using bacteriological examination different species of the genusStaphylococcus in conjunctiva from all 13 investigated animals were also confirmed. Serological investigation using complement fixation test was negative in all animals.

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Trávniček, M., Mardzinová, S., Čisláková, L. et al. Chlamydial infection of cats and human health. Folia Microbiol 47, 441–444 (2002).

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