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First case of feline spongiform encephalopathy in Switzerland
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy has become a worlwide problem. But less is known and said about a similar disease in cats. This excellent article describes the first known clinical case in Switzerland.

A six-year-old female Birman cat was referred to our clinic because of chronic progressive changes in behaviour. Additionally, generalized vestibular ataxia and psychomotor seizures were noticed.

A multifocal lesion in the forebrain and brainstem was suspected.

Ancillary investigations such as complete blood cell count, serum biochemistry profile, urinalysis and cerebrospinal fluid examination revealed no significant abnormalities.

Electroencephalography showed diffuse changes in the cortical activity. Feline spongiform encephalopathy was confirmed by histological brain examination and positive immunohistochemistry for the Prion-Protein (PrPSc).

This is the first time that a case of feline spongiform encephalopathy has been reported in Switzerland.


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