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|Title:||Clinical and epidemiological aspects of feline leishmaniasis in Brazil|
|Author:||Neto, Luiz da Silveira|
Shigaki de Matos, Lucas Vincius
Viol, Milena Arauz
Saraiva Bresciani, Katia Denise
|Abstract:||Tegumentary and visceral leishmaniasis are severe and unfortunately common parasitic diseases in Brazil. Among domestic animals, dogs are considered the main urban reservoir of the protozoan parasites, however, there is evidence that infected cats can also contribute towards the disease pool. The number of cats diagnosed with leishmaniasis has greatly increased in the last few years, highlighting the importance of thorough investigations on the role of the cat in the epidemiological cycle of the disease and in public health related issues. The main clinical manifestations of leishmaniasis suffered by cats, even when infected with Leishmania chagasi, a viscerotropic species, are skin abnormalities, which can be confounded with multiple other diseases. Indirect ELISA should be used as a screening test in epidemiological investigations for being a sensitive technique, followed by more specific laboratory tests. The standardization and validation of rapid, economical and reproducible diagnostic methods, to be employed in epidemiological surveillance, are still required|
|Editor:||Universidade Estadual de Londrina|
|Appears in Collections:||IB - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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