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Determining the Prevalence of a New Herpesvirus and Its Potential Link to Feline Cancers

In a previous pilot study, researchers discovered a new strain of feline herpesvirus that may be linked to lymphoma. In this study, they will develop blood tests for detecting the new herpesvirus in cats. They will then use these tests to determine the prevalence of this virus in cats in the United States and to evaluate potential risk factors for infection. They will also assess whether infection with this herpesvirus is associated with common cancers of cats. The study will provide critical information about this newly discovered potential disease agent and has the potential to lead to new vaccines or treatments for currently untreatable conditions in cats.

Dr. Ryan M. Troyer, Colorado State University, First Award Grant