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Prevalence of feline coronavirus in two cat populations in Malaysia

Sharif, Saeed and Arshad, Siti Suri and Bejo, Mohd Hair and Omar, Abdul Rahman and 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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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Publisher:Elsevier
DOI Number:10.1016/j.jfms.2009.08.005
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Deposited By: Azizan Arshad
Deposited On:17 May 2010 02:23
Last Modified:19 Aug 2010 04:38

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