Isolation and haemolytic activity of Aeromonas species from domestic dogs and cats.

Original article


Ghenghesh KS, Abeid SS, Jaber MM, Ben-Taher SA.

Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Alfateh University of Medical Sciences, Tripoli, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 1999 Jul;22(3):175-9.


Rectal swabs from 120 domestic dogs and 15 domestic cats were examined for Aeromonas species using alkaline peptone water (pH 8.6) as the enrichment medium and blood agar containing 15 mg/l ampicillin as the plating medium. Aeromonads were isolated from 13 (10.8%) dogs and from 1 (6.7%) cat. Of the 14 aeromonads isolated in the present study only 9 were available for speciation and testing in the haemolysin assay. Of these 5 were A. sobria (including one from a cat), 2 were A. hydrophila and 2 were A. caviae. Six were positive in the haemolysin assay; 4 A. sobria (one from a cat) and 2 A. hydrophila. The presence of haemolysin producing-Aeromonas species in the faeces of domestic dogs and cats may pose a public health problem for humans who come into contact with such animals.

Keywords: Aeromona, Dogs; Cats, Haemolysin, Chiems, Chats