Journal of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association
Online ISSN : 2186-0211
Print ISSN : 0446-6454
ISSN-L : 0446-6454
Immunoblot Analysis of Prevalence of Canine Heartworm Infection in 315 Cats in Yamaguchi
Mineo HAYASAKIAkiyo KATSUYAKun-Ho SONG
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2008 Volume 61 Issue 7 Pages 549-552

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Immunoblot analysis revealed canine heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) infection in 19 cats (6.0%, 12 males and seven females) of among 315 domestic cats (136 males, 168 females and 11 unknown) in Yamaguchi Prefecture. No significant difference was observed based on the criteria of sex (P=0.095), with males (12/136, 8.8%) and females (7/168, 4.2%), behavior (P=0.594), with indoor only (5/90 cats, 5.6%) and both indoor and outdoor (11/199 cats, 5.5%), or age (P=0.559), with<2 years old (5/117 cats, 4.3%), 3-6 years old (6/86 cats, 7.0%) and 7<years old (7/92 cats, 7.6%). Nor was a marked difference observed among the eastern (7/106 cats, 6.6%), central (6/123 cats, 4.9%), western (5/65 cats, 7.7%) and northern (1/11 cats, 9.1%) parts of Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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