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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2007

Authors: Leschnik, M; Weikel, J; Möstl, K; Revilla-Fernández, S; Wodak, E; Bagó, Z; Vanek, E; Benetka, V; Hess, M; Thalhammer, JG

Title: Subclinical infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in cats.

Source: Emerg Infect Dis. 2007; 13(2):243-247

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Benetka Viviane
Hess Michael
Leschnik Michael
Möstl Karin
Thalhammer Johann

Vetmed Research Units
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Internal Medicine Small Animals
University Clinic for Poultry and Fish Medicine, Clinical Unit of Poultry Medicine
Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Institute of Virology

Avian influenza A virus subtype H5N1 was transmitted to domestic cats by close contact with infected birds. Virus-specific nucleic acids were detected in pharyngeal swabs from 3 of 40 randomly sampled cats from a group of 194 animals (day 8 after contact with an infected swan). All cats were transferred to a quarantine station and monitored for clinical signs, virus shedding, and antibody production until day 50. Despite unfamiliar handling, social distress, and the presence of other viral and nonviral pathogens that caused illness and poor health and compromised the immune systems, clinical signs of influenza did not develop in any of the cats. There was no evidence of horizontal transmission to other cats because antibodies against H5N1 virus developed in only 2 cats.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Antibodies, Viral/blood
Cat Diseases/diagnosis
Cat Diseases/immunology
Cat Diseases/virology*
Influenza A Virus, H5N1 Subtype/isolation & purification*
Orthomyxoviridae Infections/diagnosis
Orthomyxoviridae Infections/immunology
Orthomyxoviridae Infections/veterinary*
Orthomyxoviridae Infections/virology

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