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Should Veterinary Practitioners Be Concerned about Acanthamoeba Keratitis?

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School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, UK
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Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
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Received: 8 February 2021 / Revised: 11 March 2021 / Accepted: 12 March 2021 / Published: 15 March 2021
When presented with an animal exhibiting signs of keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), such as impaired vision, mucoid discharges, redness, swelling, and corneal oedema, most veterinarians would think of bacteria, viruses, or fungi as the potential causative agent(s). However, evidence has arisen in recent years of a possible connection between the protozoan Acanthamoeba and keratitis in animals. Acanthamoeba infection is underdiagnosed, but potentially common, in animals. In view of the paucity of evidence regarding Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) in animals, this review has been written to increase awareness of veterinary professionals of the potential threat associated with AK and to stimulate more studies into the extent of occurrence and clinical impact of AK in animals. View Full-Text
Keywords: Acanthamoeba keratitis; animals; epidemiology; diagnostics; treatment Acanthamoeba keratitis; animals; epidemiology; diagnostics; treatment
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Cooper, E.; Cowmeadow, W.; Elsheikha, H.M. Should Veterinary Practitioners Be Concerned about Acanthamoeba Keratitis? Parasitologia 2021, 1, 12-19. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/parasitologia1010002

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Cooper E, Cowmeadow W, Elsheikha HM. Should Veterinary Practitioners Be Concerned about Acanthamoeba Keratitis? Parasitologia. 2021; 1(1):12-19. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/parasitologia1010002

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Cooper, Elise, William Cowmeadow, and Hany M. Elsheikha 2021. "Should Veterinary Practitioners Be Concerned about Acanthamoeba Keratitis?" Parasitologia 1, no. 1: 12-19. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/parasitologia1010002

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