FELINE CORONAVIRUS: Control of
In a coronavirus-free colony, test all cats before they enter the colony,
and do not take seropositive cats. If possible, ensure that cats entering the colony
come from colonies where all the cats are seronegative. Quarantine all cats entering
the colony for 12 weeks, and test again for antibody. Do not forget dogs as a possible
source of infection.
In a colony with FCoV infection, isolate queens with their kittens
for 12 weeks, and then test kittens. Do not allow seropositive kittens back into
the colony. Early weaning and removal of kittens from seropositive queens can enable
eradication of infection from a colony. Similarly, although there is evidence to
suggest occasional carrier cats may be seronegative, in practice removal of seropositive
cats from the colony will often eradicate infection.
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