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Feline coronavirus antibodies in UK cats



Feline coronavirus antibodies in UK cats



Veterinary Record 131(10): 223-224



In a serological survey of 615 cats from 6 different environments, feline coronavirus (FCoV) antibodies were detected in 53% of 100 healthy pedigree cats, in 14% (18/127) of healthy domestic cats, in 24% of 100 sick pedigree cats, 20% of 100 sick domestic cats, 16% (14/88) of domestic cats in single cat households and in 28% of 100 domestic cats in multicat households. It is suggested that because of the lack of distinction between feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV) and feline enteric coronavirus virus (FECV) strains and because the outcome of FCoV vasculitis (FCoVV) is probably determined by the cat's immune response and the dose of virus, all the strains should be considered under the general category of FCoVs. It is suggested that the immunofluorescent antibody test for feline coronavirus can be useful to screen households for the presence or absence of FCoV, to screen new cats before introduction into seronegative catteries as an adjunct to diagnosis and to check that the isolation of kittens in seropositive catteries has been effective.

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