Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Pathogens: Chlamydophila felis

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Chlamydophila felis (previously Chlamydia psittaci var. felis) is a common cause of acute and chronic conjunctivitis in cats. However, knowledge of the pathogenesis of feline chlamydiosis is incomplete, and the involvement of C. felis in reproductive tract disease and its zoonotic potential are controversial. Molecular assays (e.g., polymerase chain reaction) are now routinely used to diagnose human chlamydiosis and are becoming increasingly available for diagnosing chlamydial infections in cats. This article reviews the current knowledge of the pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of feline chlamydiosis. Vaccination, immunity, and the public health significance of the organism are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-240
Number of pages10
JournalCompendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • veterinary(all)


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