Qualitative Detection Of Feline Coronavirus Antigen
Test applicable to: Cat
FASTest FCoV Strip is a rapid immunochromatographic lateral flow test for the detection of Feline Coronavirus antigen and is only for use in cats.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis And Feline Coronavirus
Feline Coronavirus is a worldwide virus and can affect domesticated and wild cats occasionally causing a chronic and progressive, often fatal disease, called Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Feline Infectious Peritonitis occurs sporadically in cats infected with Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) which has mutated into a FCoV variant (FIPV). Based on the latest scientific knowledge, a Feline Infectious Peritonitis infection is not transmitted from one cat to another.
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Why is it important to test for Feline Coronavirus?
The clinical signs of the Feline Infectious Peritonitis infection may vary due to the pathogenic form and organs affected. The transition between the various forms is fluent, therefore Feline Infection Peritonitis could show either effusive (wet) FIP or no-effusive (dry) FIP. All cats showing diffused clinical symptoms, for example, antibiotic resistance, recurring fever, unclear different organ lesions, chronic weight loss; and pleural and/or peritoneal effusions should be considered as suspicious for Feline Infection Peritonitis.
Studies prove that the correlation between the level of antibody titre and virus shredding rate is important. Although cats suffering from manifest Feline Infection Peritonitis could shed less Feline Coronavirus, asymptomatic cats can shed Feline Coronavirus over months via faeces while other cats of the same household only shed occasionally or over weeks with no virus. Chronic shedders could shed a million times more Feline Coronavirus as accidental shedders, therefore the risk of infection and associated individual viruses can lead to higher Feline Coronavirus mutation rates and a higher likelihood of developing the Feline Infection Peritonitis infection.
Feline Coronavirus infection of a breeding population can be avoided with reasonable effort; therefore management of the breeding population should concentrate on reducing the amount of virus load and antibody status in order to reduce the infection risk as much as possible.
Ideally monitoring the Feline Coronavirus shedding (5 consecutive tests at weekly intervals) using our FASTest FCoV strip to help detect easily on-site asymptomatic chronic shedders and to immediately start separation and prophylaxis measurements.
What are the symptoms of Feline Coronavirus?
The symptoms associated with Feline Coronavirus are mild but they can include a runny nose, watery eyes or diarrhoea. The majority of cats exposed to Feline Coronavirus, will not contract Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).
If a cat was to contract Feline Coronavirus and it develops into Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), what are the symptoms?
Feline Infectious Peritonitis can display the following symptoms:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Loss of energy
- Weight loss
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of hair/coat
- Stomach ulcers
- Ulcers of the eye
- Jaundice of the eye
- Severe conjunctivitis
- Bloated appearance
- Neurological complications
- Difficulty breathing
The above symptoms will be present only after the condition has progressed