Les hommes ont oublié cette vérité. Mais tu ne dois pas l'oublier, dit le renard. Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.
Le Petit Prince, chap. 21

Saturday 8 December 2012

First detection of FeLV on Iberian lynx

Luaces I, Doménech A, García-Montijano M, Collado VM, Sánchez C, Tejerizo JG, Glaka M, Fernández P & Gómez-Lucía E. 2008. Detection of Feline Leukemia virus in the endangered Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation20: 381-385

Feline retroviruses are rarely reported in lynx species. Twenty-one Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) blood and tissue samples collected from Doñana National Park and Los Villares (Sierra Morena) in southern Spain during 1993–2003 were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction to amplify nucleic acids from feline retroviruses. Six samples were positive for Feline leukemia virus (FeLV), but no samples tested positive for Feline immunodeficiency virus. The BLAST analysis indicated that 5 of the 6 sequences were closely related to FeLV strain Rickard subgroup A, whereas 1 sequence was identical to FeLV. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of FeLV in the endangered Iberian lynx.

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