The first record of American visceral leishmaniasis in domestic cats from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Research paper by Alba Valéria Machado AV da Silva, Claudia Dias CD de Souza Cândido, Daniela D de Pita Pereira, Reginaldo Peçanha RP Brazil, João Carlos Araujo JC Carreira

Indexed on: 24 Oct '07Published on: 24 Oct '07Published in: Acta Tropica


This paper is the first to report visceral leishmaniasis in domestic cats (Felis catus domesticus) from an endemic area in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. A relatively high seroprevalence of 25% was observed although none of them have presented any symptom. Our results support the observation of previous authors, suggesting that cats may be considered as alternative domestic hosts of visceral leishmaniasis and should be included in serological investigations performed in endemic areas.

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