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Assessing Ways to Prevent Viral Transmission to Kittens

Feline infectious peritonitis, a fatal disease of cats, is caused by a mutant form of a common cat virus, feline enteric coronavirus (FECV). This study assesses the viral presence and measures antibody levels of FECV in female cats and their newborn kittens. Results may lead to modification of current methods for early weaning and isolation of kittens to prevent viral transmission from their mothers.

Dr. Colleen A. Lambo, Zoological Society of Cincinnati, Pilot Study