A team at the University of Sydney, led by Julia Beatty, identified a previously undiscovered hepadnavirus in a feline immunodeficiency virus positive cat that died of lymphoma, a common cancer of cats. Once the team identified the virus, they tested stored blood sample from adult pet cats and found evidence of infection with the hepadnavirus in the banked samples. The new virus was identified in 10 percent of the FIV-infected cats and 3.2 percent of non-FIV infected cats.
“Apart from its relevance for feline health, this discovery helps us understand how hepatitis viruses, which can be deadly, are evolving in all species,” said Beatty.
The research team published their results the journal “Viruses”” and can be accessed via;
https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4915/10/5/269/htm

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