Cross-species transmission of a feline haemoplasma from domestic to wild cats
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Disease poses a substantial threat to rare species worldwide. Spillover of multi-host pathogens from domestic to wild species may occur when a) closely related domestic and wild species co-occur and b) the high-density domestic species acts as a maintenance host with transmission to the rarer wild relative. Wild and domestic felids are susceptible to many of the same pathogens and co-exist near the interface of natural and developed landscapes. Our study evaluates cross-species transmission and host-switching of Mycoplasma haemominutum (Mhm), an erythrocytic bacterial parasite, between free-ranging ...