Feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) is a common, highly infectious virus that usually causes intestinal disease and subclinical infection in cats. Cats infected with FECV generally do not show symptoms, or only show limited enteric signs, during the initial viral infection, and an immune response occurs with the development of antiviral antibodies. In a small percent of infected cats a variant of FECV can induce feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a progressive systemic immune-mediated disease that is highly fatal. Both FECV and FIP are variants of Feline Coronavirus (FCoV).
Sample Type: Serum or plasma | Test Time: Approximately 30 minutes
ViraCHEK® CV is a highly specific, sensitive and rapid enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection of antibodies to FCoV. Included in the broad classification of FCoV is the generally avirulent FECV and the virulent FIP variants. Visual comparison of color in samples to the negative control allows accurate detection of the presence of FCoV antibody in the sample. A positive result does not necessarily mean that the cat has FECV and/or FIP. However, a positive FCoV serology should be considered in conjunction with other clinical findings to support a diagnosis of FECV and/or FIP.