Feline panleukopenia is a highly contagious, often fatal, viral disease of cats that is seen worldwide. Kittens are affected most severely. The causative parvovirus. Feline Panleukopenia virus (FPV), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in cats. Learn more. Feline panleukopenia virus is highly contagious. The virus may be acquired by direct contact with infected cats or via fomites (bedding, food dishes); flies and.

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This was the first disease of cats to be shown to be caused by a virus, and parvoviruses are particularly dangerous as they are able to survive for long periods up to several years in the environment, and are resistant to many disinfectants. Affected cats develop acute onset haemorrhagic vomiting and diarrhoea and some cats die rapidly.

June 10—13,abstract Retrieved 26 Panleukoepnia This may also happen in very young kittens less than 4 weeks of age infected with FPV as the cerebellum is still developing at that age.

Retrieved from ” https: Modified live vaccines should not be used in pregnant queens or cats that are immunosuppressed and, in such cases, inactivated killed vaccines are recommended.

Useful links Vaccinating your cat. Even if a cat survives acute FPL, late complications such as cardiomyopathy and myocarditis can occur, though there have never been any reported cases of hematologic or gastrointestinal sequalae, and it seems that late myocarditis or cardiomyopathy is extremely rare in feline panleukopenia-affected cats. Pansystemic diseases, Feline panleukopenia feline distemper “.

Control of the spread of FPV panldukopenia on both vaccination and good management viurs, including disinfection with appropriate disinfectants and use of isolation procedures.

Feline panleukopenia – Wikipedia

Recombinant feline interferon omega or human interferon products might be of some help in the treatment of severe cases. May Learn how and when to remove felne template message. Elsevier – Health Sciences Division.


WB Saunders Company, A cat diagnosed with FPV should be first of all kept in isolation. A cat eradication program was set up and a few cats were intentionally infected with the panleukopenia virus, which reduced the number of cats to about by If a cat is exposed during pregnancy, the virus can cause cerebellar hypoplasia in her offspring.

However, FPV kills both erythroid and myeloid colony progenitors in in vitro bone marrow cultures, and it has been suggested that virus replication in the myeloid cells in vivo could lead to the reduced neutrophil levels seen after FPV infection of cats.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Source and spread of infection Feline parvovirus is spread by direct faecal-oral contact, and indirectly following contamination of panluekopenia environment or objects eg, on food dishes, grooming equipment, bedding, floors, clothing or hands. Protective clothing must be worn and hands washed thoroughly after handling any cat or kitten suspected of having the disease. It is sometimes referred to as panleukopenia virus because one of the results of infection is the development of a low white blood cell count which is what panleucopenia means.

Good veterinary and nursing care is vital to help cats, especially young kittens, recover from the disease. Starting from the first five domestic cats introduced on the island onthere were about 3, cats infeeding on the burrowing petrels instead of the mice, threatening to drive the birds to extinction. The most prevalent one is dehydration, which vlrus in almost all FPL-infected cats that are clinically ill.

Some cats may die before even showing signs of gastroenteritis. Kittens may then be born with a condition known as cerebellar hypoplasia lack of development of the cerebellum, a part of the brain needed for fine coordination of movement. Infectious diseases of the dog and cat, Philadelphia: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Feline panleukopenia requires aggressive treatment if the cat is to survive, as this disease can kill panleukopenix in less than 24 hours.


Treatment No specific treatment is available for FPV infection and it is vital that any suspected cases are nursed in isolation as panluekopenia is a highly contagious disease.

Pathogenesis of feline panleukopenia virus and canine parvovirus.

In older animals the virus replicates systemically, primarily in the primary and secondary lymphoid tissues, and also in the rapidly replicating cells of the small intestinal epithelial crypts. Once contracted, it is highly contagious and can be virys to the affected cat. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If your cat is unwell, please seek veterinary attention.

Clinical disease In kittens over three or four weeks of age and in adult cats the virus causes a very severe gastroenteritis, following an incubation period of five to nine days. However, fecal antigen is detectable only for a short time after infection.

The patients’ severe leukocytopenia predispose them to secondary infections, especially bacterial and fungal, though secondary viral infections also occur with some frequency. Disseminated intravascular coagulation may also occur, and is often fatal. ABCD guidelines on prevention and management.

J Feline Med Surg. This results in profuse and usually bloody diarrhea, severe dehydration, malnutrition, anemiaand often death.

Complications are quite common in feline panleukopenia [FPL]. During recovery from infection, there is typically a rebound neutrophilia with a marked left shift. Highly effective vaccines are available and all cats and kittens should be vaccinated including indoor-only cats.

Feline parvovirus is spread by direct faecal-oral contact, and indirectly following contamination of the environment or objects eg, on food dishes, grooming panleukoppenia, bedding, floors, clothing or hands. Neutropenia is a more consistent finding than lymphopenia.