Viral diseases

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There are many viruses which infect felidae, some of which cause overt clinical disease while others are asymptomatic.

The properties of viruses which affect cats are not unique and conform to viruses affecting most other mammalian species.


Virus Disease Viral Group Classification
Astrovirus Diarrhoea ssRNA Astroviridae
Borna disease virus Cat staggers ssRNA Borna virus
Calicivirus (FCV) Cat Flu ssRNA Caliciviridae
Coronavirus (FCoV) Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) ssRNA Coronaviridae
Feline gammaherpesvirus (FGHV-1) unknown, high prevalence dsDNA Herpesviridae
Herpes virus (FHV-1) Cat Flu dsDNA Herpesviridae
Feline Foamy virus (FFV) Feline foamy virus disease (nee Feline syncytial virus) ssRNA Spumavirus
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) Cat AIDS ssRNA Lentivirus
Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) Feline leukemia ssRNA Retroviridae
Morbillivirus Tubular interstitial nephritis ssRNA Paramyxovirus
Norovirus Diarrhoea (gastroenteritis) ssRNA Caliciviridae
Panleucopenia (Parvo) virus (FPV) Feline Panleucopenia ssDNA Parvoviridae
Influenza virus (H1N1) Flu-like symptoms, sudden death ssRNA Influenza virus
Papillomavirus (FPV-1) Papilloma dsDNA Papillomaviridae
Parapox virus Cutaneous ecthyma dsDNA Poxviridae
Pox virus infection Feline pox dsDNA Poxviridae
Pseudorabies pseudorabies dsDNA Herpesviridae
Rotavirus infection Diarrhoea dsRNA Reoviridae
Sarcoma virus (FeSV) Feline sarcoma ssRNA Retroviridae
Spongiform encephalopathy virus (FSE) Spongiform encephalopathy FSE prion
Swine flu (H5N1) 'Swine flu'-like disease ssRNA Orthomyxoviridae
Lyssavirus Rabies ssRNA Rhabdoviridae

See also: antiviral therapy