feline viral infection

Many cats suffer from viral infections. There are many viruses that can have very serious consequences if left untreated. Among the most common contagious diseases are feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a disease that can cause leukemia, other forms of cancer and anemia; feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which attacks the cat’s immune system; as well as feline herpes virus (FHV-1) that affects the upper respiratory system.

Despite the incidence of these viral diseases, there is currently a lack of antiviral drugs available for veterinarians. While antiviral vaccines may prevent infection or help reduce the severity of symptoms, they do not cure a pet that is already infected. A new generation of antiviral therapeutics is needed to help improve the clinical outcome for affected pets.

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