Successive Deaths of a Captive Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia) and a Serval (Leptailurus serval) by Infection with Feline Panleukopenia Virus at Sapporo Maruyama Zoo

Yukiko SASSA, Hideaki YAMAMOTO, Masami MOCHIZUKI, Takashi UMEMURA, Motohiro HORIUCHI, Naotaka ISHIGURO, Takayuki MIYAZAWA
2011 Journal of Veterinary Medical Science  
Feline parvoviruses were isolated from frozen samples of intestines taken from a snow leopard (Uncia uncia) and a serval (Leptailurus serval) that died successively at Sapporo Maruyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan. Isolates possessed an antigenic epitope for both the feline panleukopenia virus (FPLV) and mink enteritis virus, identified with a hemagglutination inhibition test. Sequencing analyses of the VP2 region of the isolates revealed that the two isolates were identical and of the FPLV-type.
more » ... the FPLV-type. These results suggested that FPLV was introduced from a feral cat which entered the zoo and transmitted the virus inside the zoo. KEY WORDS: parvovirus, serval, snow leopard, wild felids, zoo.
doi:10.1292/jvms.10-0446 pmid:21116104 fatcat:yz4cuacqh5gm5fzlov6qc532qq