Volume 22, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Cats were initially exposed to 50 larvae on one hind foot. Later they were re-exposed on the same foot to an additional 50 larvae; the contralateral leg was never exposed to filariae. From 3 to 6 months after reinfection they were challenged on both hind legs with a Group G beta hemolytic streptococcus originally isolated from a spontaneous lesion concomitant with a infection. There was essentially no observable change in limbs not previously exposed to In contrast, 9 of 10 legs showed evidence of lymphangitis and bacterial proliferation causing necrosis, draining abscesses, cellulitis, edema or erythema. This study demonstrates that repeated infections with may result in a significant increase in susceptibility of cats to streptococci. Use of this model should enable additional studies to clarify the role of secondary microbial infections in disease generally ascribed to filarial infection.


Article metrics loading...

The graphs shown below represent data from March 2017
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error