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Res Vet Sci. 2007 Oct;83(2):269-73. Epub 2007 Jan 2.

Infectious canine hepatitis: an "old" disease reemerging in Italy.

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Department of Animal Health and Well-being, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Bari, Strada per Casamassima Km 3, 70010 Valenzano, Bari, Italy. n.decaro@veterinaria.uniba.it

Abstract

Four outbreaks of infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) occurring in Italy between 2001 and 2006 are reported. Three outbreaks were observed in animal shelters of southern Italy, whereas a fourth outbreak involved two purebred pups imported from Hungary few days before the onset of clinical symptoms. In all outbreaks canine adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1) was identified by virus isolation and PCR. In three outbreaks, other canine viral pathogens were detected, including canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus or canine coronavirus. The present study shows that CAV-1 is currently circulating in the Italian dog population and that vaccination is still required.

PMID:
17197003
DOI:
10.1016/j.rvsc.2006.11.009
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