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W98-SCARLETT: Enteric zoonotic agents in cats; how common are they?

It is becoming increasingly common for patients with immunocompromised conditions, such as HIV-infected patients, AIDS patients, transplant recipients, and those receiving chemotherapy or other immunosuppressive drugs to seek information about the risks of pet ownership. While it is believed the risk of cat ownership is low, many physicians arbitrarily recommend that animals be eliminated from the household based on minimal data concerning the intestinal bacteria Salmonella, Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium in healthy cats. This practice ignores the abundance of data showing the psychological benefits derived from pet ownership. As a first step towards better defining risks to cat owners this investigator will determine the prevalence of infection due to these organisms in cats less than one year of age among privately owned cats as well as young cats in humane shelters.


Status: Active

Year Funded: 1998

Amount awarded: $12,380

Investigator: Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, PhD; Charles Victor Spain, DVM; Patrick McDonough, PhD; Susan Wade, PhD; Cornell University