Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Notoedric mange

Synonym(s): Feline scabies

Contributor(s): Rosanna Marsella, David Scarff

Introduction

  • Extremely rare in the UK, but present in Eire.
  • Cause: mite Notoedres cati  Notoedres cati (head mange).
  • Transient human zoonosis; may affect dogs, foxes and rabbits.
  • Signs: pruritus, especially ear margins, face and neck.
  • Treatment: no licensed product - ivermectin Ivermectin has been reported to be effective. In US:Lime sulfur (Lym Dip) is licensed for cats and selamectin Selamectin (Revolution) is approved for cats.
  • Prognosis: excellent.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

Epidemiology

  • Transmitted via direct contact, indirect contact or fomites.
  • Entire life cycle (21 days) spent on host.
  • Adult female mite tunnels through epidermis   →   eggs and feces   →   reaction.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Itoh N, Muraoka N, Aoki M et al (2004) Treatment of Notoedres cati infestation in cats with selamectin. Vet Rec 154 (13), 409 PubMed.
  • Delucchi L, Castro E (2000) Use of doramectin for treatment of notoedric mange in five cats. JAVMA 216 (2), 215-6 PubMed.
  • Foley R H (1991) A notoedric mange epizootic in an island's cat population. Feline Practice 19 (5), 8-10 VetMedResource.


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