Mycobacterium lepraemurium

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Feline leprosy

  • Caused by M. lepraemurium
  • Sporadic infections of cats via bites from infected rodents
  • Subcutaneous nodules form usually on the head or limbs and can ulcerate
  • Smears reveal Ziehl-Neelson-positive rods
  • Diagnosis by histopathology
  • Treatment includes excision of lesions