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Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2011 Oct 15;143(3-4):243-5. doi: 10.1016/j.vetimm.2011.06.018. Epub 2011 Jun 12.

A review of feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus seroprevalence in cats in Canada.

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Bytown Cat Hospital, 422 McArthur Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1K 1G6, Canada.


Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are common and important infectious diseases of cats in Canada. Prevalence data are necessary to define prophylactic, management, and therapeutic measures for stray, feral and owned cats. Recently, comprehensive data on the seroprevalence of retrovirus infections of cats in Canada have become available and are reviewed. Further investigation into geographic variations in retrovirus seroprevalence within Canada is warranted, and may provide information to improve recommendations for testing and prevention. As well, more information is needed on FIV subtypes in Canada to improve diagnostics and vaccines, as well as to provide information on disease outcomes.

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