Isolation of Helicobacter felis from Dogs in Italy
Spiral shaped organisms in the stomachs of dogs and cats were first described by Rappin in 1881. Ever since Helicobacter pylori was identified in man and its relationship with gastric pathology established, the spiral gastric microbial flora of these house pets has been studied with renewed interest. Data about histological and ultrastructural observations are available in the literature. Nevertheless isolation of spiral shaped organisms from the canine and feline gastric mucosa are rare with the exception of the report by Lee et al. 1 and the subsequent description of Helicobacter felis by Paster et al. 3.
KeywordsNalidixic Acid Bacterial Overgrowth Sheep Blood Agar Transmission Electron Microscopy Examination Axial Filament
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