New Publication on Disease Research in Bobcats

Notoedric mange is a scabby, scaly, skin disease resulting from hypersensitivity reaction and infection by the feline mite,  Notoedres cati. The burrowing of the mite causes intense itch resulting in self-mutilation, secondary bacterial infection, and often death of affected felids if left untreated. Dr. Deana Clifford from the Wildlife Investigations Lab has coauthored a paper on notoedric mange in bobcats (Lynx rufus).  Development and validation of a fecal PCR assay for Notoedres cati and application to notoedric mange cases in bobcats (Lynx rufus) from northern California has been published in the April 2013 Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

This paper describes the efforts of a team of researchers to create a noninvasive diagnostic test, by developing and validating a novel PCR assay to detect N. cati DNA in fecal samples of bobcats (Lynx rufus) and used this assay to investigate a recent outbreak of mange in northern California, United States.

This paper, which was Dr. Nicole Stephenson’s Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine project, illustrates the benefits of scientific collaboration between agencies and academia.

The publication abstract can be found at:

Journal of Wildlife Diseases. April 2013 49:303-311; doi:10.7589/2012-05-136