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Comparison of six in-house tests for the rapid diagnosis of feline immunodeficiency and feline leukaemia virus infections
  1. K. Hartmann, Drmedvet, Dr habil, DipECVIM1,
  2. R. M. Werner, Drmedvet1,
  3. H. Egberink, DVM, PhD2 and
  4. O. Jarrett, DVM, PhD, BVMS, MRCVS, FRSE3
  1. 1 Medizinische Tierklinik, Veterinarstrasse 13, D-80539 Muinchen, Germany
  2. 2 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Institute of Virology, Yalelaan 1,3584 CL Utrecht, The Netherlands
  3. 3 Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Glasgow, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH


Six rapid tests for the diagnosis of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLv) infections which have recently been introduced in Europe for use in small animal practice were compared. Eight hundred serum samples were tested and those reacting Fv-positive in at least one of the tests were confirmed by Western blot, and those reacting FeLV-positive were confirmed by virus isolation. The specificity and sensitivity of each test and the quality of the results produced were compared.

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