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W00-035: Serologic Investigation of Cuterebra Larval Migration as a Cause of Neuralgic Disease in Cats

Outdoor North American cats commonly suffer from a parasitic condition in which larvae from the Cuterebra species of bot fly migrate into the brain. This has been suspected as a cause of feline vestibular syndrome (head tilt) and other neurologic conditions. These investigators will look at the migration of this parasite and whether it is a cause of acute neurologic disease in the cat. They will also develop a blood test to determine exposure of cats to this parasite.

Grant ID: W00-035

Status: Active

Year Funded: 2000

Amount awarded: $12,197

Investigator: Andrew Mackin, BSc, BVMS, C Siefker, MS, PhD. L Ballweber, BS, MS, DVM; Mississippi State University