High seroprevalence of feline morbilliviruses in free-roaming domestic cats in Chile

Johannes Busch, Irene Sacristán, Aitor Cevidanes, Javier Millán, Thomas W. Vahlenkamp, Constanza Napolitano, Michael Sieg

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Abstract

Feline morbillivirus infections have gained increased attention due to repeated reports of their association with urinary tract disease in cats. In the present study, 112 serum samples from free-roaming domestic cats in Chile were tested for antibodies against feline morbillivirus genotypes 1 and 2 (FeMV-1 and FeMV-2) using an indirect immunofluorescence assay. In total, 63% of the animals showed antibodies against one or both FeMV genotypes. Antibodies directed exclusively against FeMV-2 were significantly more prevalent in male cats. The correlation of sex and FeMV-2 infection might give insight into potential routes of transmission. We provide, for the first time, serological data on FeMV in Chile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Virology
Volume166
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology

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