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The conundrum of feline trichomonosis: the more we learn the ‘trickier’ it gets

The culprit of feline trichomonosis is the protozoan Tritrichomonas foetus, which over the past 20 years has been identified in cats in many countries worldwide and is regarded as one of the most common infectious causes of colitis. Research has come a long way in advancing understanding of this infection and, in this month’s issue of JFMS, a state-of-the-art Premier Review by Jody Gookin and colleagues at the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, USA, comprehensively examines what is known about feline trichomonosis. For example, it typically causes a waxing and waning diarrhea; it is thought to be transmitted from cat to cat via the faecal–oral route; infection is widespread in catteries and shelters; remission of diarrhea may occur over time, but persistence of infection is common; and ronidazole is the only antimicrobial for which convincing treatment efficacy has been demonstrated. However, as more has been learnt, the more complicated and controversial the infection has become. The authors conclude with key unanswered questions that are pivotal to future progress. For example: are feline and bovine T foetus genotypes truly biologically distinct? What risk do asymptomatic cats pose to others? How prevalent is ronidazole resistance in infected cats? And what is the long-term effect of infection in feline gastrointestinal health?

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