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Developing diagnostic tools for feline infectious peritonitis

Feline infectious peritonitis is a fatal disease of cats that can arise following infection with feline enteric coronavirus. FIP is a distressing disease for both cat owners and veterinarians, because diagnosis often is difficult and no effective treatment exists. Using biosamples collected over many years from cats with and without FIP, researchers will investigate the presence of two mutations in a viral protein previously shown to be FIP-specific. The results will determine whether the presence of these mutations are reliable indicators of the presence of FIP in cats – valuable information for the development of accurate diagnostic tests for FIP.

Principal Investigator: Chris R Helps, BSc, PhD, University of Bristol


Study ID: D16FE-507