Journal article

Cats as potential mammalian reservoirs for Rickettsia sp. genotype RF2125 in Bangkok, Thailand

Pornkamol Phoosangwalthong, Sze Fui Hii, Ketsarin Kamyingkird, Chanya Kengradomkij, Nongnuch Pinyopanuwat, Wissanuwat Chimnoi, Rebecca J Traub, Tawin Inpankaew

Veterinary Parasitology Regional Studies and Reports | ELSEVIER | Published : 2018


Rickettsia felis is an obligate intracellular alpha-proteobacteria and the cause of flea-borne spotted fever (FBSF), an emerging zoonosis of global public health importance, for which dogs and cats have been implicated as potential mammalian reservoirs hosts. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence and associated risk factors for R. felis-like species in semi-domesticated cats and their fleas in aim of understanding public health risks posed by cats and their fleas in Bangkok, Thailand. Single whole blood samples (n = 432) and where observed, fleas (n = 234), were collected from cats from 53 temple communities in Bangkok. Fleas were morphologically and genetically identifie..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are thankful to all the staff and graduate students of the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kasetsart University for their help during sample collection on rotational basis. We also would like to thank monks, nuns and animal care takers who participated and help in this project. This research is supported in part by the Graduate Program Scholarship from the Graduate School, Kasetsart University, the Center for Advanced Studies for Agriculture and Food (CASAF) and Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI) as well as the Australian Research Council (LP130100565) in partnership with Bayer Animal Health and the Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory.