“Prevalence of feline influenza virus infection in cat at Mymensingh and Chapai Nawabgonj districts in Bangladesh”
Influenza A viruses normally seen in one species sometimes can cross over and cause illness in another species. Avian influenza A virus subtype H5N1 was transmitted to domestic cats by close contact with infected birds. In severely affected cats, sudden deaths may occur as soon as 2 days after the onset of illness. The study was conducted to determine the prevalence of feline influenza virus (FInV) infection in cat at Mymensingh and Chapai Nawabgonj districts in Bangladesh during the period from October, 2011 to April, 2012. The overall prevalence of FInV infection was recorded 3.28% where 2.53% in Mymensingh and 4.65% in Chapai Nawabgonj district. No statistically significant relationship was found in relation to location, ownership status, season, age and health status of cats. However, the knowledge of the status of FInV in cats in the study areas will be helpful to undertake preventive measures for FInV infection.