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W98-ADDIE: Virus excretion in feline coronavirus infection

The aim of this continuation project in the United Kingdom is to discover how feline coronavirus (FCoV), the virus which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), is spread between pet cats. One hundred and six pet cats from 25 households are taking part in the survey. Since nine cats have been lost to the study and because almost 20% of the survey cats are no longer shedding virus, the investigators plan to increase the number of survey cats to 200 – twice the original target. Findings so far have demonstrated that testing for virus in the saliva is not a reliable way to detect cats shedding virus; feces or rectal swabs have to be used. In addition, most cats shed virus for some months and then stop. In this third year of study, the investigators hope to be able to establish guidelines that will help cat owners to protect their pets from FCoV infection and FIP. (Continuation of grant awarded in 1996.)

Grant ID: W98-ADDIE

Status: Active

Year Funded: 1998

Amount awarded: $15,000

Investigator: Diane D. Addie, PhD; Oswald Jarrett, BVMS, PhD; University of Glasgow, Scotland