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Feline panleukopaenia virus in captive non-domestic cats

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.

Feline 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.