Internal Medicine Service

Mycobacteria research in cats

Danielle Gunn-Moore and colleagues have recently published their latest findings from their ongoing programme of research on Mycobacteria infections in cats.

Establishing the incidence of mycobacteria infections has historically proved problematic so Danielle used a novel approach which compared the incidence of mycobacteria infections alongside the incidence of lymphoma, a disease which is widely regarded to be common in cats, in large number of samples submitted to several diagnostic labs. Far from been a rare diagnosis, Danielle found that mycobacterial infections are diagnosed only marginally less frequently than lymphoma which establishes, for the first time, that mycobacterial infections are commonly diagnosed in UK cats.

This work was published in Transboundary and Emerging Disease, further information can be found below.