Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Feline leukemia virus disease

Synonym(s): FeLV

Contributor(s): Stephen Barr, Michael Day, Severine Tasker

Introduction

  • Cause: feline leukemia virus (FeLV) Feline leukemia virus.
  • Signs: relate to specific malignancies, eg:
    • Weight loss.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Vomiting.
  • Immunosuppression, eg:
    • Chronic or repeated infections.
    • Anemia.
    • Reproductive disorders and glomerulonephritis.
  • Diagnosis: ELISA, RIM, immunofluorescence, PCR or virus isolation.
  • Treatment: cannot stop viral excretion; specific treatments for lymphomas and infections; supportive, eg transfusion.
  • Prognosis: good if transient viremia, poor if persistently viremic.
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Pathogenesis

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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