Concurrent Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infection and salmonellosis in a kitten

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-232
Journal / PublicationAustralian Veterinary Journal
Volume77
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999

Abstract

A 14-week-old kitten had a history of vomiting, diarrhoea and pyrexia, all of which resolved without treatment. Three weeks later the kitten developed a violent non-productive dry cough. Thoracic radiographs revealed pneumothorax and nodular alveolar disease. Aelurostrongylus abstrusus larvae and intracellular Gram-negative bacilli were seen in bronchial wash fluid and pleural exudate, and Salmonella Typhimurium was cultured from both fluids but not from faeces. Therapy included unilateral closed-tube thoracostomy, enrofloxacin and fenbendazole. Historical signs were compatible with gastrointestinal salmonellosis and secondary broncho-pneumonia. Seeding of the lungs with salmonellae may have occurred as a result of migration of A abstrusus from a gastro-intestinal tract residually infected or colonised by S Typhimurium. Alternatively, the development of lungworm infection in the cat may have activated quiescent S Typhimurium pulmonary granulomata from bacteraemia secondary to gastro-intestinal salmonellosis. Two years after diagnosis the cat was reportedly in good health.

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  • Aelurostrongylus abstrusus, Cat, Fenbendazole, Salmonella Typhimurium

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Concurrent Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infection and salmonellosis in a kitten. / BARRS, V R; SWINNEY, G R; MARTIN, P; NICOLL, R G.

In: Australian Veterinary Journal, Vol. 77, No. 4, 04.1999, p. 229-232.

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