November 2013 Issue

A Breakthrough Decades in the Making

The discovery of a benign virus’ mutation into a deadly infection could lead to accurate diagnosis and treatment

Feline infectious peritonitis ranks as one of the deadliest diseases affecting cats — it’s the leading cause of death in cats under 2 years of age. Veterinary scientists have long suspected that the FIP virus (FIPV) was a lethal mutation of the feline coronavirus (FECV), a benign and common intestinal virus, but they couldn’t identify how this transformation occurred. Until now.

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