Protozoan disease carried by ticks showing up

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A Hamilton County veterinarian says she is treating more cases of a a nearly always-fatal tick-borne disease that affects domestic cats.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dr. Darlene White, of the Wolftever Pet Hospital, in Harrison has treated three of the cases in two years.

The disease is Cyteaxzoonosis, which is caused by protozoa carried by American dog ticks.

Dr. Michael Lane, of the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals, said he, too, believes vets are seeing more cases, although that could be because they're more focused on spotting them.

Because the host for the disease is bobcats, most the cases come from rural areas.

Cats should be combed for ticks daily. A tick repellant offers some protection. There is no cure for the disease.


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