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Since its start in 2007, Cat Health News has featured the latest information on feline health. The bi-weekly blog is a mix of the most current published research from Winn-funded research and other sources. There are over 875 blog post items and more than 1,000 subscribers through the RSS feed.


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  • Feline panleukopaenia virus in captive non-domestic cats

    Jul 29, 2016
    Lane EP, Brettschneider H, et al. Feline panleukopaenia virus in captive non-domestic felids in South Africa. Onderstepoort J of Vet Res. 2016 Jun 9;83(1):a1099.

    cheetah_predator_cat_240598Feline panleukopenia, caused by a parvovirus, is a serious and contagious disease of cats. The causative agent is distributed globally and infects a large range of felids. An outbreak of this disease occurred in vaccinated captive-bred subadult cheetahs in South Africa. Characterization of the causative virus revealed a previously unknown strain of feline parvovirus that differs from vaccine strains of the virus.

    Subsequent to this outbreak revealed additional cases, both individual and multi-animal occurrences in a variety of nondomestic felids as well as domestic cats. As these investigators note, since non-domestic species may be reservoirs of parvoviruses, and since these viruses readily change host specificity, the risks of FPLV transmission between captive-bred and free-ranging carnivores and domestic cats and dogs warrant further research.  (MK)

    See also:
    Clegg SR, Coyne KP, et al. Canine parvovirus in asymptomatic feline carriers. Vet Microb. 2012 May 25;157(1-2):78-85.

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