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Monday, August 14 • 11:35am - 12:25pm
Parvovirus infections in cats: Old and new

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Feline panleukopenia virus is one of the oldest viruses to be documented in cats.  With widespread availability of effective vaccines, feline panleukopenia all-but disappeared from companion animal practice between the mid-1970s until recently.  In 2014 two major outbreaks of panleukopenia emerged among shelter cats in Australia.  Because of the widespread practice of fostering of shelter-cats and shelter-cat adoptions, this is a disease that feline practitioners in Australia are likely to encounter.  Similar outbreaks have occurred recently in Europe, the US and Asia.
Cats are also susceptible to infection with Canine Parvovirus (CPV), after which they can shed CPV in their faeces for many weeks.  The ability of CPV to infect cats and the potential for cats to act as reservoirs of infection of CPV for dogs has implications for practice biosecurity and isolation procedures.

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Vanessa Barrs

Head of Small Animal Medicine, University of Sydney
Vanessa Barrs is the Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Head of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney and is a registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. She has served as President of the Feline Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of... Read More →

Monday August 14, 2017 11:35am - 12:25pm AEST
Room 7