Kelli Boyd
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Seroprevalence of seasonal and pandemic influenza A viruses in domestic cats.

McCullers JA, Van De Velde LA, Schultz RD, Mitchell CG, Halford CR, Boyd KL, Schultz-Cherry S
Arch Virol. 2011 156 (1): 117-20

PMID: 20878192 · DOI:10.1007/s00705-010-0809-7

Infection of domestic cats with pandemic H1N1 influenza virus has recently been documented. We conducted a seroprevalence survey and found that 17 of 78 (21.8%) cats sampled during the 2009-2010 influenza season had antibody titers ≥40 against the novel H1N1 strain by hemagglutinin-inhibition assay, compared to only 1 of 39 (2.6%) sampled in 2008 prior to emergence of the pandemic (p = 0.006). Seroprevalance of seasonal H1N1 (41.9%) and H3N2 (25.6%) viruses was similarly high. These data reflecting past infection of household cats raise the possibility that they may act as a vector of influenza transmission within households.

MeSH Terms (8)

Animals Cat Diseases Cats Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype Influenza A Virus, H3N2 Subtype Orthomyxoviridae Infections Seroepidemiologic Studies United States

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