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Published: 01/01/2009
Last updated: 01/06/2020
Last reviewed: 01/11/2022

The Feline Panleukopenia guidelines were first published by Uwe Truyen et al. in the J Feline Med Surg 2009; 11: 538-546 and updated in J Feline Med Surg 2013; 15: 530-531 and in J Feline Med Surg 2015; 17: 570-582. The present guidelines were updated by Uwe Truyen et al.

Key points

  • Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) and the closely related canine parvovirus 2 (CPV-2) can infect and cause severe disease in cats.
  • FPV is shed in high titers in the faeces and the very stable virions stay infectious in the environment for months.
  • FPV is very tolerant against many commonly used chemical disinfectants. Efficacy tested disinfectants based on aldehydes, peracetic acid or sodium hypochlorite readily inactivate the virus.

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Fig. 4. Hemorrhagic enteritis as a consequence of feline panleukopenia virus infection ©Vet.Pathol. Utrecht

Fig. 4. Hemorrhagic enteritis as a consequence of feline panleukopenia virus infection ©Vet.Pathol. Utrecht

Fig. 5. Intestinal damage as a consequence of feline panleukopenia virus infection; sloughing of gut epithelium and fibrinous

Fig. 5. Intestinal damage as a consequence of feline panleukopenia virus infection ©Vet.Pathol. Utrecht