*http://tinyurl.com/Merck-FeLV*
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*the info on regressive infection is in the aafp guidelines to managing
feline retroviruses, which i've posted many times--check the archives. *
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MC
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MaryChristine
Special-Needs Coordinator, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue (www.purebredcats.org)
Member, SCAT (Special-Cat Action Team)




On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 2:46 PM, Sander, Sue <sue.san...@ssa.gov> wrote:

> Can you please state the first paragraph in another way.  I'm don't know
> what you mean by "the stats are that 70% can be adequately exposed until
> to test positive, and either never do so, or process the virus out of
> their system."  This is very important to me because I have a very
> healthy cat who tested POSITIVE one year ago.  He was a stray.  This is
> the second year I'm taking him to have his teeth cleaned because the vet
> said she can see signs of FELV+ by his teeth (not her exact words).
>
> So what percentage of the 70% and the 30% are the cats who become ill?
> I began giving my cat the MEGA C a little over a year ago.
>
> Thanks very much.
>
> Susan
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
> [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaryChristine
> Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:25 PM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FeLV Re-testing for kittens/Tommy Update
>
> in adult healthy cats, the stats are that 70% can be adequately exposed
> until to test positive, and either never do so, or process the virus out
> of
> their system. they also know that some percentage of that 30% who do
> remain
> viremic, never become symptomatic, and are not contagious, even tho they
> continue to test positive.
>
> vets consistently forget, and we must consistently remind them, that the
> SNAP (and IFA, actually) test not for antibodies/infection, but for
> antigens/exposure--so a confirmatory test is literally vital.
>
> sadly, there is just not enough research to say what the percentages are
> in
> kittens--back in 2002, it was presumed that ALL kittens of positive moms
> (many of whom probably weren't positive to start with) were be
> definition
> positive themselves, and all were killed. when mom wasn't there to test,
> if
> one kitten in a litter tested positive, or the litter's blood was mixed
> (heaven forfend!) and was positive (again, remember, to ANTIGENS only),
> all
> were most likely killed.
>
> asymptomatic positive adults were most likely to be given a chance,
> while
> kittens were far less lucky. hence no research pool.
>
> in sanctuary settings, anecdotally it seemed that asymptomatic
> kittens--especially of asymptomatic moms--who made it past six or seven
> months of age (when mom's antibodies wore off? don't know, but kept
> happening), and again past about 18-22 months (absolutely NO ideas on
> why
> that's an important mark) would survive--these were UNretested cats,
> remember.
>
> kittens of sickly moms, or kittens who were themselves sickly -- not
> necessarily REALLY sick, but just not as thrifty as others their
> age/developmental stage--tended to do less well.
>
> with retesting recognized as a necessity, with an IFA done at an
> interval
> long enough to let the virus work itself out of kitty's system, the
> majority
> of kittens tested negative. still do.
>
> just no real data to 'prove' it.
>
> paolo, have you seen this?
> *http://tinyurl.com/AAFP-Retrovirus-Guidelines*
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> *
> MC
> --
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> Maybe That'll Make The Difference....
>
> MaryChristine
> Special-Needs Coordinator, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue
> (www.purebredcats.org)
> Member, SCAT (Special-Cat Action Team)
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