Journal article

ASPECTS OF THE DIAGNOSIS, PATHOGENESIS AND EPIDEMIOLOGY OF CANINE PARVOVIRUS

MJ STUDDERT, C ODA, CA RIEGL, RP ROSTON

Australian Veterinary Journal | AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSN | Published : 1983

Abstract

Between 18 July 1980 and 2 January 1981, 188 samples (145 faeces and 43 intestinal contents) were submitted from dogs with suspected canine parvovirus (CPV) enteritis. CPV was demonstrated in 56 (30%) of these samples; the weekly rate of positive CPV identification was remarkably constant at approximately 30% even though clinical and often post-mortem findings strongly supported a diagnosis of CPV enteritis. The simplest, most sensitive and most rapid method for detection of virus was haemagglutination (HA) which was twice as sensitive as isolation of virus and 8 times as sensitive as electron microscopy (EM). Forty nine of 56 (88%) samples positive for CPV were from dogs less than 1 year ol..

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