Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): an in-depth look.

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Etiology of Feline Coronavirus

Feline coronavirus (FCoV) is a single positive-stranded enveloped RNA virus that is infectious to felids (not contagious to other species) commonly found worldwide and is typically shed in feces by healthy cats and transmitted by the fecal-oral route to other cats, via sharing litter trays and cat litter fomites. The transmission rate is much higher in multiple cat environments especially in those where cats are housed indoors.

Virus Classification:
Order: Nidovirales
Family: Coronaviridae
Genus: Alphacoronavirus
Species: Alphacoronavirus 1
Subspecies: Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) – RNA enveloped virus
Fragile virus but resistant in the environment for 3 to 7 weeks when protected by protein (fecal matter)
Susceptible to sodium hypochlorite (common household bleach)

There are two serotypes of FCoV: Serotype I predominates in Europe and North America, while Serotype II predominates in Asia.

Type I FCoV:

Purely feline
Difficult to grow in cell culture
Possibly cell associated
Most prevalent in the field

Type II FCoV:

Arises from a recombination event between type I FCoV and CCoV (canine coronavirus)
Grows in cell culture
Less than 10% of field isolates but most laboratory isolates

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