Prevalence and risk factors for Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 detection in domestic cats in Italy

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Author(s)

  • Francesca Caringella
  • Costantina Desario
  • Eleonora Lorusso
  • Ivana Pallante
  • Tommaso Furlanello
  • Gianvito Lanave
  • Gabriella Elia
  • Vito Martella
  • Roberta Iatta
  • Canio Buonavoglia
  • Nicola Decaro

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number108426
Journal / PublicationVeterinary Microbiology
Volume238
Online published22 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 (FcaGHV1), a novel gammaherpesvirus of domestic cats identified in 2014, has been detected in different countries demonstrating a worldwide distribution. The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of FcaGHV1 in Italy using a molecular epidemiological approach. FcaGHV1 DNA was detected with virus-specific real-time PCR in ≃1% of 2659 feline blood samples tested. Analysis of risk factors showed that being male and coinfection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) increase the likelihood of FcaGHV1 detection. One-third of FcaGHV1-positive cats also tested positive for FIV provirus, whereas coinfections with feline panleukopenia virus were not demonstrated. Further studies are necessary to confirm the risk factors for FcaGHV1 detection and the pathobiology of the virus.

Research Area(s)

  • Cats, Gammaherpesvirus, Molecular survey, Risk factors

Citation Format(s)

Prevalence and risk factors for Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 detection in domestic cats in Italy. / Caringella, Francesca; Desario, Costantina; Lorusso, Eleonora; Pallante, Ivana; Furlanello, Tommaso; Lanave, Gianvito; Elia, Gabriella; Martella, Vito; Iatta, Roberta; Barrs, Vanessa R.; Beatty, Julia; Buonavoglia, Canio; Decaro, Nicola.

In: Veterinary Microbiology, Vol. 238, 108426, 11.2019.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review