Seroprevalence of seasonal and pandemic influenza A viruses in domestic cats

Seroprevalence of seasonal and pandemic influenza A viruses in domestic cats Infection of domestic cats with pandemic H1N1 influenza virus has recently been documented. We conducted a seroprevalence survey and found that 17 of 78 (21.8%) cats sampled during the 2009–2010 influenza season had antibody titers ≥40 against the novel H1N1 strain by hemagglutinin-inhibition assay, compared to only 1 of 39 (2.6%) sampled in 2008 prior to emergence of the pandemic ( p = 0.006). Seroprevalance of seasonal H1N1 (41.9%) and H3N2 (25.6%) viruses was similarly high. These data reflecting past infection of household cats raise the possibility that they may act as a vector of influenza transmission within households. Archives of Virology Springer Journals

Seroprevalence of seasonal and pandemic influenza A viruses in domestic cats

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Biomedicine; Infectious Diseases; Medical Microbiology ; Virology
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