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Title:
ISOLATION OF CUTANEOUS ALTERNARIAFROM DOGS AND CATS: A RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS

Authors:
Lora KOENHEMSI, Belgi D. Sigirci, Funda Bagcigil , Banu DOKUZEYLUL, Erman OR

Abstract:
Alternaria causes opportunistic pathogenic infections mainly in respiratory system in humans and animals. Yet, there is little information on this topic in the relevant literature. In an effort to fill this gap, the aim of this study was to describe the history and clinical findings of and mycological findings of Alternaria. In the study, 60 dogs and 7 cats were identified with the fungus. Alternaria spp. in the skin was mostly isolated in late summer and autumn. All animals had alopecia and most of them had pruritus (32 dogs and 2 cats). Paws were the foremost body part detected with lesions. The findings suggest that it would be beneficial to have these fungi in the differential diagnosis list for cats and dogs with the complaint of alopecia and pruritus, which are particularly brought in June. Further studies are required in order to better understand the effects of Alternaria on animals.

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