The Morbillivirus is a paramyxovirus which has been reported in cats recently from samples taken from urine, rectum and blood.
Diagnosis of virus is based on PCR testing allied with clinical signs. Tubular interstitial nephritis was the main clinical symptom reported in affected cats. Vomiting and diarrhoea may also be noted in affected cats.
Pathological changes noted during histopathological examination of affected cats revealed interstitial inflammatory infiltrate and tubular degeneration/necrosis in kidneys, with decreased cauxin expression in degenerated tubular epithelial cells.
Supportive treatment (IV fluids) is recommended at this stage.
- Woo, PC et al (2012) Feline morbillivirus, a previously undescribed paramyxovirus associated with tubulointerstitial nephritis in domestic cats. http://www.pnas.org/content/suppl/2012/03/13/1119972109.DCSupplemental