Haemoplasmosis in cats: European guidelines from the ABCD on prevention and management
Tasker, S. et al. (2018) Haemoplasmosis in cats: European guidelines from the ABCD on prevention and management. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 20 (3), pp. 256-261
Haemoplasmas are haemotropic bacteria that can induce anaemia in mammals. There are three main haemoplasma species that cause infection in cats, with Mycoplasma haemofelis the most pathogenic and Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum more prevalent in older cats.
These guidelines from the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD), which are based on a review of the literature and the consensus opinion of the panel, consider the following in relation to haemoplasmas in cats:
For each section a brief summary of the latest evidence is given and recommendations are made.
At the end of the guidelines there is a useful section giving the key points in relation to feline haemoplasmosis.
These consensus guidelines provide practitioners with a valuable overview of the prevention and management of haemoplasma infections in cats. They provide a good basis on which to produce local practice guidelines.
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