FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS CLINICAL SIGNS

Following experimental inoculation of kittens with FIV, lymphadenopathy, sometimes accompanied by mild pyrexia, depression and leucopenia, usually develops after about 4 weeks. This lymphadenopathy can be less severe in older cats, however, and is therefore usually missed in naturally infected cats. The lymphadenopathy gradually disappears after a few weeks to months.


Infected cats can then remain healthy for years before clinical FIV-related disease is seen. Indeed many cats probably die of other causes long before AIDS-like disease develops.




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