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Feline leukemia virus in owned cats in Southeast Asia and Taiwan

P Capozza, E Lorusso, V Colella, JC Thibault, DY Tan, JP Tronel, L Halos, F Beugnet, G Elia, VL Nguyen, L Occhiogrosso, V Martella, D Otranto, N Decaro



Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus associated with fatal disease in cats with infection in its progressive form. Although there are numerous reports on the occurrence of FeLV in the feline population worldwide, there is a paucity of data in Asia. In this study, we assessed the circulation of FeLV by ELISA and nested PCR in cats from different countries in Southeast Asia (i.e., Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam) and Taiwan during 2017-2018. Forty-seven cats were positive to FeLV by antigen or provirus detection, but 32 samples were considered truly positive on the basis of positive molecular testing. Frequency of occurrence of FeLV proviral DNA range..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported by a grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. We are grateful to Isabelle Richtofen, Evonne Lim, Clair Cheng, Nadine Duperray, Marielle Servonnet, Wisnu Nurcahyo, Upik K. Hadi, Virginia Venturina, Kenneth B.Y. Tong, Yi-Lun Tsai, Piyanan Taweethavonsawat, Saruda Tiwananthagorn, Thong Q. Le, Khanh L. Bui, Malaika Watanabe, Megat Abd Rani P.A, Michael Banawa, Rawintra Leelawilailak, Toungtam Srilajaroan, Ngoc Thanh Vo, and Ong Hoi San for their expertise and contributions to managing this logistically challenging study.