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Characterisation of a potentially abortigenic strain of feline calicivirus isolated from a domestic cat
  1. M. Van Vuuren, BVSc,MMedVet1,
  2. K. Geissler, DrRerNat3,
  3. D. Gerber, DrMedVet2,
  4. J. O. Nöthling, BVSc,MMedVet2 and
  5. U. Truyen, PD, DrMedVet3
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases
  2. 2 Department of Theriogenology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort, 0110 South Africa
  3. 3 Institute for Medical Microbiology, Ludwig Maximilians University, Veterinaerstrasse 13, 80539 Munich, Germany


Feline calicivirus (FCV) was isolated from one of four dead fetuses delivered by ovariohysterectomy from a queen with an acute FCV infection. The most prominent lesions in the fetuses were petechial haemorrhages in the skin. The virus isolated was characterised as FCV by antigenic analysis and CDNA sequence analysis. This is the second report of abortion associated with acute FCV infection.

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