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Can Vet J. 2009 Jun;50(6):644-8.

Seroprevalence of feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus infection among cats in Canada.

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Bytown Cat Hospital, 422 McArthur Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1K 1G6, Canada. catvet@vin.com

Abstract

The purposes of this study were to determine the seroprevalence of feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection among cats in Canada and to identify risk factors for seropositivity. Signalment, lifestyle factors, and test results for FeLV antigen and FIV antibody were analyzed for 11 144 cats from the 10 Canadian provinces. Seroprevalence for FIV antibody was 4.3% and seroprevalence for FeLV antigen was 3.4%. Fifty-eight cats (0.5%) were seropositive for both viruses. Seroprevalence varied geographically. Factors such as age, gender, health status, and lifestyle were significantly associated with risk of FeLV and FIV seropositivity. The results suggest that cats in Canada are at risk of retrovirus infection and support current recommendations that the retrovirus status of all cats should be known.

PMID:
19721785
PMCID:
PMC2684053
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