Dermal Leishmaniasis in a Texas Cat

T. M. CraigDepartment of Microbiology and Parasitology

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C. L. BartonDepartment of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University

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S. H. MercerDepartment of Microbiology and Parasitology

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B. E. DroleskeyUnited States Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Toxicology and Entomology Laboratory

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L. P. JonesTexas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, College Station, Texas 77843

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Leishmaniasis was diagnosed by demonstrating amastigotes of Leishmania from dermal lesions on the ear of a male long-haired domestic cat from Uvalde, Texas. Leishmania from the cat were propagated in Syrian hamsters, bovine macrophages, and in NNN medium. The organism, in the L. mexicana complex, is apparently the same as that reported from recent human cases in the same area.

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