COCCIDIOMYCOSIS

Coccidioides immitis is a soil saprophyte found mainly in desert areas of the south-western USA.

It can cause a kennel-cough-like syndrome in dogs. Feline infection is very rare: in cat generally see skin lesions, possibly with respiratory signs.

Diagnosis is by serology and culture. Treatment of choice is long-term ketoconazole (5-10 mg/kg orally twice

for up to a year, then maintenance at 2-5 mg/kg daily to prevent relapses).




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