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Study Results Will Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Feline Conjunctivitis

Chronic infection with feline herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1) is common in cats, and FHV-1 is thought to be the most common cause of conjunctivitis. Treating this type of conjunctivitis with antiviral drugs causes irritation and requires frequent administration. With Morris Animal Foundation funding, scientists from Colorado State University demonstrated that cidofovir, an antiviral drug, is nonirritating and effective against FHV-1. In addition, these researchers found that both FHV-1 and Mycoplasma bacteria were common causes of conjunctivitis. Therefore, treatment for Mycoplasma with less expensive topical antibiotics should be attempted prior to treatment with the more expensive cidofovir. The results of this study will also lead to a more accurate diagnosis of the cause of conjunctivitis so that the optimal drug can be administered and relieve the discomfort more quickly. (D08FE-021)


Posted by MAFon March 18, 2011.

Categories: Animal health, Cat diseases, Cat health


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