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Title: Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotypes isolated for the first time in feral cats: The impact on public health
Authors: Rosario Medina, Inmaculada 
Calcines Macias, Maria Isabel
Rodríguez Ponce, Eligia 
Déniz Suárez, María Soraya 
Real Valcárcel, Fernando 
Vega, Santiago
Marin, Clara
Padilla Castillo, Daniel Fermín 
Martín Barrasa, José Luis 
Acosta Hernández, Begoña María 
UNESCO Clasification: 310904 Medicina interna
Keywords: Feral Cats
Salmonella Bredeney
Salmonella Florida
Salmonella Grancanaria
Salmonella Kottbus, et al
Issue Date: 2022
Journal: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 
Abstract: Stray cat populations can represent a significant threat of the transmission of zoonotic diseases such as salmonellosis. The objective of this study was to assess Salmonella carriage by free-living cats in Gran Canaria island and the Salmonella serovars involved, in order to inform to those responsible for the colonies about the possible risk factors. One hundred rectal swabs of feral cats were taken. Salmonella strains were serotyped in accordance with Kauffman-White-Le-Minor technique. Of a total of 100 animals under study, 19% were found to be positive to Salmonella spp. This is the first report that described the zoonotic serovars S. Nima, S. Bredeney, S. Grancanaria and S. Kottbus in cats. The present study demonstrates that feral cats may represent a source of risk for the spread of different Salmonella zoonotic serovars. It has been reported that there is a certain correlation between Salmonella isolates from pets and wild animals. Further studies are needed from other animal species and environmental sources to make this correlation.
ISSN: 0147-9571
DOI: 10.1016/j.cimid.2022.101792
Source: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases [ISSN 0147-9571], v. 84, 101792, (Mayo 2022)
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