Yeah, it does show that persistent infection isn't necessarily inevitable when 
a cat is exposed and infected. It's sad that we don't know more about how often 
regressive vs. persistent happens. There are a lot of things I think we need 
with regard to information. For Christmas, I'd like some tangibles:

* an immediate treatment that can hit the virus right after exposure.

Even if it's only useful for 48 hours, that would allow people with bitten cats 
to treat immediately, rather than to wait on the disease process. Perhaps this 
is unrealistic or even science fiction. I think some folks have used AZT in 
these cases, but that seems potentially dangerous. 

* a long-term treatment that allows for FeLV+ cats (and FIV+ cats) to live with 
their illness in a similar way to how more people are able to live with HIV 

This is going to require lots of funding, but we need feline-friendly 
antiretrovirals that are less toxic. Imagine someone getting an FeLV+ diagnosis 
for his or her cat in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future, and while they 
are saddened, they know that their cat can live a full life with the right 
drugsā€“the virus will be relatively under control.

* a vaccine that doesn't cause vax site sarcomas. 

How hard can this possibly be? Why do we not understand how this happens better 
after a decade of dealing with it? Why is their less vax site sarcoma 
prevalence in the UK and Europe vs. America, when both sides use pretty much 
the same vax?

In my family's case, I think I would have advocated for our girl now of 
questionable status to be vaccinated if I didn't have to feel like I was 
putting her at risk for an aggressive cancer. But, my FeLV+ was isolated, and 
the few accidental meet-ups that they'd had were always quick and easily 
curtailed, so putting Callie at risk of the sarcoma didn't seem right. I'm 
regretting that now.

On Jun 12, 2013, at 2:20 PM, Margo <> wrote:

> Hi Lance,
>              Thanks! I don't know if I have that or not, but it sounds 
> interesting <G>. And it does give me some hope.
> All the best,
> Margo
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