Maria Flaminia Persichetti

Maria Flaminia Persichetti
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia · Diagnostica

​DVM, European PhD, GPCert(EM&S)

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In feline Leishmania infantum (Li) infection and in clinical cases of feline leishmaniosis, co-infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) has been reported. However, the role of the retroviral co-infection in the impairment of feline clinical health is still controversial. The aim of this study was to evaluate hemogram changes in cats from...
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Background Feline leishmaniosis caused by Leishmania infantum is often associated with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection; however, the role and clinical significance of this coinfection remain unknown. This study aimed to assess whether FIV is associated with L. infantum infection in cats from canine leishmaniosis endemic areas and to r...
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Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) is responsible for splenic pathological changes. The main features detectable from ultrasound examination are splenomegaly and diffuse alterations of the echostructure. The study aimed to highlight whether these ultrasound changes are related to the severity of the disease or to a modification of splenic microvasculariza...
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Infection with Leishmania parasites can lead to severe disease in humans and dogs, which act as a reservoir in zoonotic transmission. An increasing number of reports suggest that leishmaniosis is not restricted to dogs, but also affects many other mammalian and avian species. Consequently, this expands the potential reservoir and is of great public...
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Caretta caretta is threatened by many dangers in the Mediterranean basin, but most are human related. The purpose of this research were: i) to investigate microflora in samples from six loggerhead sea turtle nests located on the Sicilian coast; and ii) to understand microbial diversity associated with nests, with particular attention to bacteria an...
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Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) together with Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) is the most representative Cheloniidae species in the Mediterranean basin. Currently, at the National Reference Centre in the "Istituto Zooprofilattico" of Sicily (Italy), damaged subjects are rehabilitated before they are released again. Clinical, physiological and mole...
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Introduction: Equine piroplasmosis in donkeys is a serious problem of economic importance (1). Infection caused by Theileria equi, Babesia caballi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum are endemic disease in Sicily, although very few data are available on the prevalence of these tick borne parasites in donkeys from Sicily. The possible risk factors are sea...
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Caretta caretta is the most common sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea. The species is threatened by anthropomorphic activity that causes thousands of deaths and hundreds of strandings along the Mediterranean coast. Stranded turtles are often cared for in rehabilitation centres until they recover or die. The objective of this study was to c...
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It has been estimated that 44,000 Caretta caretta turtles die every year due to anthropomorphic activity in the Mediterranean Sea, and that longline fishing is one of the most significant causes of mortality. A total of 482 specimens of C. caretta were rescued from different parts of the Sicilian coast (Mediterranean Sea) from 2014 to 2016. The mos...
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We evaluated the effect of storage time and temperature in urinary protein to urine creatinine ratio (UPC) examining 38 feline urine samples.
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A total of 327 loggerhead turtles were recovered through activity of the Italian networks from Lazio (N= 67; FO:70,15%), Abruzzo and Molise (N=13; FO:38,46%), Campania (N=73; FO:65,75%), Sicilia (N=6; FO:66,67%) and Sardegna (N=168; FO: 22,02%) The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the Barcelona Convention LBS protocol follow to consid...
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Background: Cats can be carriers of infected arthropods and be infected with several vector-borne pathogens (VBP) but there is limited knowledge about their pathogenic role in cats. Results: A cross-sectional controlled study investigated the clinical status and antibody (Bartonella henselae, Rickettsia conorii, Ehrlichia canis, Anaplasma phagoc...
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Leishmania infantum is a vector-borne zoonotic disease transmitted by phlebotomine sand flies and dogs are considered the main reservoir of the parasite. Feline leishmaniosis (FeL) caused by L. infantum is an emergent feline disease more and more frequently reported in endemic areas. This review summarizes current knowledge focusing similarities an...
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The purpose of this research was to investigate the occurrence of pathogen microorganisms in C. caretta eggs in nests from Eastern Sicily shores.
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1 Background The diagnosis of feline leishmaniosis (FeL) caused by Leishmania infantum(Li) is based on antibody detection by the immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT), the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) or, rarely, by Western Blot (WB). Quantitative real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for the detection of Li DNA is also frequentl...
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Background Anti-Leishmania antibodies are increasingly investigated in cats for epidemiological studies or for the diagnosis of clinical feline leishmaniosis. The immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT), the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and western blot (WB) are the serological tests more frequently used. The aim of the present study wa...
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Despite their medical and veterinary importance, some tick species are so poorly studied, that their role within pathogen vector transmission cycles is difficult to assess. The tick Ixodes ventalloi is one such species, and its biology and phylogenetic status remain an issue of debate. In the present study, specimens of adult I. ventalloi (n = 65 f...
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We report three new records of leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761) recovered in February 2011 and in spring-summer 2016 in the Strait of Sicily. The individuals were handed over dead to the IZS of Palermo for necropsy. The first specimen measured 139 and 91 cm of CCL and CCW respectively and was found beached and alive but...
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Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is a protected species often reported in the Mediterranean Sea and unfortunately often stranded. Several dangers jeopardize their survival e.g. accidental bycatches and infectious diseases. Among the hazard affecting the nest, fungal infections cause huge losses. The aim of this study was to identify the pres...
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Background Vector-borne pathogens are the subject of several investigations due to the zoonotic concern of some of them. However, limited data are available about the simultaneous presence of these pathogens in cats and their ectoparasites. The aim of the present study was to define the species of ectoparasites found on cats as well as to investiga...
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Eleven specimens of the threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta (L., 1758)) were caught accidentally by fishermen in different parts of Sicily (Mediterranean Sea). Five of them showed an atypical number of carapacial and plastron scutes, making the immediate identification of the specimens as C. caretta difficult. Both genetic and epigene...
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Normal conjunctival flora of animal eyes comprises of both bacterial and fungal organisms. Bacterial and fungal species isolated from healthy conjunctiva appear to vary with geographic location, as well as is influenced by age, sex, housing, and climate. The aim of this work was to evaluate the bacterial flora of the conjunctiva of rabbits from int...
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Background Limited information is available about the species of ticks infesting the cat and the pathogens that they harbor. The aims of the present study were to identify the species of ticks removed from cats living in Sicily and Calabria (Italy) and to detect DNA of vector-borne pathogens in the same ticks. Findings Morphological identification...
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A 10-year-old female greyhound presented with a suspected bulge on the left side of the abdomen. Abdominal ultrasound examination showed a large splenic mass that was surgically removed because of the suspected diagnosis of malignancy. Histological examination of the lesion revealed the presence of haematopoietic tissue mixed with well-differentiat...

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