Pathogenesis and Transmission
Fleas and ticks become infected with hemotropic mycoplasms by feeding on an infected animal and may subsequently transmit the pathogen to another animal. As intraerythrocytic organisms, the mycoplasms can be transmitted to mammals via blood transfusion. In the cat, hemotropic mycoplasms may also be spread from the mother to her kittens. There are indications that bitches can also pass mycoplasms to their puppies, but this has not been proven so far.
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