Prevalence of feline coronavirus in two cat populations in Malaysia
Sharif, Saeed, Arshad, Siti Suri, Bejo, Mohd Hair, Omar, Abdul Rahman, Alauddin, Zeenathul Nazariah and Ismail, Mohd Afzal Hafidz (2009) Prevalence of feline coronavirus in two cat populations in Malaysia. Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery, 11 (12). pp. 1031-1034. ISSN 1098-612X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfms.2009.08.005
The prevalence of feline coronavirus (FCoV) was studied in two catteries in Malaysia. Rectal swabs or faecal samples were collected from a total of 44 clinically healthy Persian purebred and mix-breed cats. RNA extracted from the faecal material was subjected to a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using primers flanking for a conserved region of the virus genome. The overall prevalence of FCoV infection was 84% and the infection rate was higher in Persian purebred cats (96%) than mix-breed cats (70%). There was no significant association between the age or gender of tested cats and shedding the virus. This study is the first PCR-based survey for FCoV in Malaysia and showed the ubiquitous presence of FCoV in Malaysian cat colonies.
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