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Vet J. 2010 Jun;184(3):371-2. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2009.03.030. Epub 2009 Apr 25.

Evidence of feline herpesvirus-1 DNA in the vestibular ganglion of domestic cats.

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Chairs of General Pathology and Neuropathology, Institute of Veterinary Pathology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.


In humans, herpes simplex virus type-1 has recently been detected in the vestibular ganglion (VG) and labyrinth (VL) and may be associated with vestibular signs. Feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1) is widespread amongst cat populations and affects many different tissues. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the presence of FHV-1 DNA in the VG and VL of randomly selected domestic cats using PCR. FHV-1 DNA was detected in the VG of 14% of the cats. There was no detectable FHV-1 DNA in the VL of any cat. None of the infected cats had vestibular signs related to the VG infection.

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