Tick trivia: A clinical quiz, answer 1B

Tick trivia: A clinical quiz, answer 1B

Apr 01, 2010
By dvm360.com staff

1) B–Correct!

A diagnosis of infection with Cytauxzoon felis, the tick-borne blood parasite shown in the photo, carries a guarded prognosis. However, a recent study suggests that cats with C. felis infection may respond to a combination of atovaquone and azithromycin,5 a combination therapy that has been used in treating dogs with another form of tick-borne disease—babesiosis due to Babesia gibsoni—although apparent drug resistance and persistence of parasites after treatment has been reported.6,7 Other factors that may improve the outcome of C. felis infection include early treatment intervention, high-quality nursing care, and the strain of parasite responsible for the infection.1-4

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