Dirofilaria immitis exposure status in client-owned cats with or without lower airway/lung-associated signs: case-control study in a canine heartworm-endemic area.

@article{Lin2017DirofilariaIE,
  title={Dirofilaria immitis exposure status in client-owned cats with or without lower airway/lung-associated signs: case-control study in a canine heartworm-endemic area.},
  author={Chung-Hui Lin and Pei-Ying Lo and Han-Ju Tsai and Lih-Chiann Wang and B. M. Liaw and Olivia F Hsieh and Yeong-Shuenn Chang and Yi-Chin Tsai and Szu-Ching Yu and L. -L. Chueh},
  journal={Journal of feline medicine and surgery},
  year={2017},
  volume={19 2},
  pages={153-157}
}
Objectives Heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD) is a recently recognised pathological manifestation in cats caused by Dirofilaria immitis exposure. This study aimed to estimate the percentage of cats at risk of developing HARD in a heartworm-endemic area (Taipei, Taiwan), and to test the correlation of heartworm exposure and the presence of lower airway/lung clinical signs (LA/L signs). Methods This was a prospective case-control study. The study design called for the enrolment of at… CONTINUE READING
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