Volume 89, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Because of overpopulation, stray/feral cats were captured on military bases in Iraq as part of the US Army Zoonotic Disease Surveillance Program. Blood samples were collected from 207 cats, mainly in Baghdad but also in North and West Iraq, to determine the prevalence of and infections. Nine (4.3%) cats, all from Baghdad, were bacteremic with type I. Seroprevalence was 30.4% for , 15% for , and 12.6% for . Differences in prevalence by location were statistically significant, because most of the seropositive cats were from Baghdad. There was no association between seropositivity and either of the two species surveyed. This report is the first report on the prevalence of and among stray cats in Iraq, which allows for better evaluation of the zoonotic risk potential to the Iraqi people and deployed military personnel by feral cat colonies.


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  • Received : 13 Jun 2013
  • Accepted : 18 Jul 2013
  • Published online : 04 Dec 2013

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