Recurrent localised cutaneous parapoxvirus infection in three cats

R. A. Fairley, E. M. Whelan, Patricia Pesavento, A. A. Mercer

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Abstract

CASE HISTORY: Three cats were presented with single proliferative lesions affecting one foot, which failed to heal after medical treatment, and recurred despite surgical resection. PATHOLOGICAL FINDINGS: Histologically, the lesions were proliferative and papillary. There was marked acanthosis, rete peg formation, and compact orthokeratosis, with large numbers of bacteria in the orthokeratotic scale. Some biopsies had multifocal keratinocyte swelling of the stratum granulosum, and amphophilic intracytoplasmic inclusions were present in some of the swollen cells. The dermis consisted of a light fibrous stroma with marked capillary proliferation. Parapoxviruses were detected in the lesions of all cats by electron microscopic examination. PCR analysis detected orf virus (contagious ecthyma virus) in two cats, and orf virus was cultured from one cat. DIAGNOSIS: Parapoxvirus infection in cats CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Parapoxvirus infection should be considered as a differential diagnosis when dealing with proliferative, non-healing lesions on the feet of cats, especially cats in rural areas. The recovery of orf virus from a cat with typical poxvirus lesions extends the range of species affected by this virus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages6
JournalNew Zealand Veterinary Journal
Volume56
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008

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Parapoxvirus
Orf virus
Cats
cats
Skin
lesions (animal)
Infection
infection
Poxviridae
medical treatment
dermis
keratinocytes
resection
Dermis
Keratinocytes
rural areas
Foot
biopsy
Differential Diagnosis
electrons

Keywords

  • Cat
  • Contagious ecthyma
  • Orf
  • Parapoxvirus
  • Poxvirus
  • Skin

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  • veterinary(all)

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Fairley, R. A., Whelan, E. M., Pesavento, P., & Mercer, A. A. (2008). Recurrent localised cutaneous parapoxvirus infection in three cats. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 56(4), 196-201.

Recurrent localised cutaneous parapoxvirus infection in three cats. / Fairley, R. A.; Whelan, E. M.; Pesavento, Patricia; Mercer, A. A.

In: New Zealand Veterinary Journal, Vol. 56, No. 4, 08.2008, p. 196-201.

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Fairley, RA, Whelan, EM, Pesavento, P & Mercer, AA 2008, 'Recurrent localised cutaneous parapoxvirus infection in three cats', New Zealand Veterinary Journal, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 196-201.
Fairley, R. A. ; Whelan, E. M. ; Pesavento, Patricia ; Mercer, A. A. / Recurrent localised cutaneous parapoxvirus infection in three cats. In: New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 2008 ; Vol. 56, No. 4. pp. 196-201.
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