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Isolation of fungal flora from the hair coats of shelter cats in the Pacific coastal USA

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Two-hundred shelter cats from the Pacific western coastal USA were sampled in four different geographical regions to determine the fungal organisms most commonly found on the hair coat and the prevalence of these organisms. Data on the cats’ health, age, hair coat length, gender, and geographical location were collected and analysed. The overall prevalence of dermatophytosis was 5.5% (11 of 200 cats), with Microsporum canis isolated in 90.9% (10 of 11) of the samples from positive cats. This was a lower isolation rate or prevalence of dermatophytes than previous studies conducted on shelter cats in other regions of the USA. Ten of 11 of the cats were lesion free (either subclinical infection or mechanical carriage). Cats in the Los Angeles, California area (P = 0.001) and neutered male cats (P = 0.047) had a higher prevalence of a positive dermatophyte culture. The numbers and types of saprophytes isolated from cats in this study were found to be consistent with previous feline reports in the USA and with an equine study previously conducted in this area.
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Keywords: Pacific USA; dermatophyte; feline; saprophyte

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA, 2: Department of Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA, 3: Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wl 53706, USA, 4: Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University, of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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