Study IDs new fungal pathogen that affects cats, people

06/18/2013 |

University of Sydney veterinarian Vanessa Barrs began investigating in 2006 after three cats presented with unusual infections that spread from the nasal cavity to create growths in the eye socket. After six years of research, Dr. Barrs and an international team of experts identified the fungus as Aspergillus felis, a newly identified species with the power to cause dangerous respiratory infections in people as well as cats. The pathogen may be confused with the more easily treated Aspergillus fumigatus, Dr. Barrs said.

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