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Caroline Laprie, Julie Duboy, Richard Malik and Janet Fyfe Feline cutaneous mycobacteriosis: a review of clinical, pathological and molecular characterization of one case of Mycobacterium microti skin infection and nine cases of feline leprosy syndrome from France and New Caledonia Veterinary Dermatology 24

Article first published online: 2 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/vde.12066

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Background – Ten cats with skin lesions characteristic of cutaneous mycobacteriosis were included in this retrospective clinical, pathological and molecular study. Hypothesis/Objectives – The aim of this study was to identify the causative agent and to compare the clinicopathological features of these cases with those of previous studies. Conclusions and clinical importance – Based on this geographically restricted case series, feline leprosy in southern France is most likely to be caused by M. lepraemurium and presents as a generally self-limiting disease. Molecular testing is essential to assess zoonotic potential, because M. microti-induced cutaneous mycobacteriosis can resemble feline leprosy syndrome.

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