Coronavirus Infection

Coronaviruses cause economically important diseases of livestock, poultry, and other animals. Most coronaviruses infect epithelial cells of the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract causing diseases of short incubation period, usually 2-7 days. Until Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrom (SARS) appeared, human coronaviruses were known as the cause of 15-30% of colds. 3

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Coronaviruses causing diseases in cats include feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV) and feline enteric coronavirus (FECV). FIPV is the cause of feline infectious peritonitis, a highly contagious disease of cats. Signs of coronavirus infection include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Most cases occur in cats under one year of age. Because cats shed viral particles in feces, litterbox exposure and mutual grooming are the most probable sources of infection.2


  1. Richard W. Nelson, C. Guillermo Couto. Small Animal Internal Medicine.
  2. Michael R Lappin. Feline internal medicine secrets
  3. Andrew R. Marks, American Society for Clinical Investigation, Ushma S. Neill . Science in medicine

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