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Andrea Spiri wins the 2022 Young Scientist Award


The 2022 ABCD Young Scientist Award, funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health goes to Dr Andrea Spiri (33), of the Zurich University Department of Clinical Diagnostics. She will deliver a short presentation and accept her award during the congress of the International Society of Feline Medicine, held in Rhodes from 30 June to 3 July 2022. Her poster will also be available for viewing.


Feline calicivirus shedding and vaccine immunity

Andrea’s study looks at the vaccine immunity and environmental contamination in feline calicivirus infection. ‘Anti-FCV antibodies do not fully depict the immune status of the cat, and the heterologous cellular immune response after FCV F9 vaccination should be taken into account, explains Andrea Spiri. Her study also investigated the environmental contamination with FCV after experimental infection due to shedding. ‘FCV RNA was found on all items tested in the environment of the cats – for a long period of time – including in the ventilation filter, suggesting the possibility of viral transmission by aerosol’.


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WSAVA Issues Guidance on Pets and the New Coronavirus.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has prepared an advisory document offering guidance and a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help its members when talking with pet owners concerned about the risk of infection with the new coronavirus (2019 n-CoV), following the outbreak in China.

The WSAVA’s advisory is available here:



Pan-European Study on the Prevalence of the Feline Leukaemia Virus Infection – Reported by the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD Europe)

Viruses 2019, 11(11), 993;


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Guidelines have been issued on the following feline infectious diseases and their causative agents...


Fact Sheets and ABCD Tools

Fact sheets are two-page abstracts highlighting the main data contained in the ABCD guidelines.They are intended for use by veterinary practitioners for quick and easy reference during vaccination consultations or telephone queries...


In memory of prof. Michael Day

"We are all greatly saddened at the untimely passing of our dear friend and colleague Michael Day. We treasure his input in advancing the global vaccination guidelines in pets and his gracious input in our guidelines on adverse reactions to vaccination, which have been dedicated to his memory. Thank you Michael !"





A case of Bat Lyssavirus infection of a cat in Italy

Lyssaviruses are circulating in bats in most if not all European countries. Bat lyssaviruses may induce rabies also in cats and other species including humans. However, cases in species other than bats are extremely rare in Europe (in cats only 4 so far – 2007, 2009 and 2020 in France, and 2020 in Italy). Although bat lyssaviruses are circulating also in the UK, and the Mammal Society estimates that British cats could be killing 230 000 bats a year, no cases of cat rabies have been documented in the UK since many decades. This confirms that the risk for cats to be infected by bat lyssaviruses is very low.

In case of finding a cat with a captured bat (or after another close contact between them) the bat must not be touched without gloves. If this would happen, the hands should be washed with warm water and soup/detergent, disinfected, and a physician should be consulted. It should be stressed that even if the bat would transmit the lyssavirus to the cat, it takes several weeks before the cat develops rabies and starts shedding the virus. Therefore, if laboratory exclusion of rabies in the bat cadaver is not possible, during that time the cat must be isolated and observed by a veterinarian for rabies signs (usually 3 months). In some countries during this observation period a series vaccinations against rabies may be allowed by veterinary officials.


See also  the ABCD Guideline on Feline Rabies


08 July, 2020

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