Adam J Birkenheuer
Affiliation: North Carolina State University
Birkenheuer A, Harms C, Neel J, Marr H, Tucker M, Acton A, et al
. The identification of a genetically unique piroplasma in North American river otters (Lontra canadensis). Parasitology. 2007;134:631-5 pubmed
..The pathogenic potential of this organism for otters or other species remains unknown...
Birkenheuer A, Marr H, Hladio N, Acton A. Molecular evidence of prevalent dual piroplasma infections in North American raccoons (Procyon lotor). Parasitology. 2008;135:33-7 pubmed
..Further studies are indicated to investigate the ability of these parasites to infect domestic animals as well as their zoonotic potential...
Rizzi T, Reichard M, Cohn L, Birkenheuer A, Taylor J, Meinkoth J. Prevalence of Cytauxzoon felis infection in healthy cats from enzootic areas in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Parasit Vectors. 2015;8:13 pubmed publisher
..The high prevalence of C. felis substantiates the importance for the use of approved acaricides on cats to prevent cytauxzoonosis. ..
Schreeg M, Marr H, Griffith E, Tarigo J, Bird D, Reichard M, et al
. PCR amplification of a multi-copy mitochondrial gene (cox3) improves detection of Cytauxzoon felis infection as compared to a ribosomal gene (18S). Vet Parasitol. 2016;225:123-30 pubmed publisher
..felis during early infections. ..
Birkenheuer A, Marr H, Alleman A, Levy M, Breitschwerdt E. Development and evaluation of a PCR assay for the detection of Cytauxzoon felis DNA in feline blood samples. Vet Parasitol. 2006;137:144-9 pubmed
..felis 18S rRNA gene. This PCR assay can be used for the rapid clinical diagnosis of cytauxzoonosis and for epidemiological studies that will better define the geographic distribution of C. felis infection in cats...
Birkenheuer A, Marr H, Warren C, Acton A, Mucker E, Humphreys J, et al
. Cytauxzoon felis infections are present in bobcats (Lynx rufus) in a region where cytauxzoonosis is not recognized in domestic cats. Vet Parasitol. 2008;153:126-30 pubmed publisher
..Veterinary practitioners in PA should be on alert for cytauxzoonosis in domestic cats. Further studies about the epidemiology and transmission of C. felis infections among both domestic cats and bobcats are needed...
Birkenheuer A, Horney B, Bailey M, Scott M, Sherbert B, Catto V, et al
. Babesia microti-like infections are prevalent in North American foxes. Vet Parasitol. 2010;172:179-82 pubmed publisher
..microti-like parasite to infect and induce disease in domestic dogs remains unknown. Further studies investigating the pathogenic potential of the North American B. microti-like parasite in domestic dogs are indicated...
Mylonakis M, Schreeg M, Chatzis M, Pearce J, Marr H, Saridomichelakis M, et al
. Molecular detection of vector-borne pathogens in Greek cats. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2018;9:171-175 pubmed publisher
..There was no significant difference in either haemoplasma or Bartonella infection rates when comparing healthy and sick cats. This study represents the first description of Bartonella koehlerae in Greek cats. ..