Feline Host Range of Canine parvovirus: Recent Emergence of New Antigenic Types in Cats

Yasuhiro Ikeda, Kazuya Nakamura, Takayuki Miyazawa, Yukinobu Tohya, Eiji Takahashi,Masami Mochizuki


Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2002;8(4) 

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Problems with the Current Parvovirus Nomenclature

Finally, we point out problems with the current nomenclature of carnivore paroviruses, including FPLV, MEV, and CPV. As we mentioned, all carnivore parvovirus isolates are known to be genetically closely related to each other; interspecies transmissions readily occur among carnivores. On the other hand, field isolates have been distinguished on the basis of the host from which they are isolated. According to this system, CPV-2a- and 2b-type isolates from cats should be designated as FPLV types 2 and 3, even though they are essentially indistinguishable from CPVs from dogs. To solve this problem, a new nomenclature is needed. Naming any field carnivore isolate as feline parvovirus or carnivore parvovirus, irrespective of their original hosts, and using the names such as FPLV and CPV-2a to distinguish antigenic or genetic properties would be more appropriate.


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