Information for Veterinary Students & Veterinarians

Feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) is a highly contagious, multisystemic and endemic disease of cats which, in unvaccinated populations, proves to be the most destructive and severe feline disease.  FPV (also known as feline distemper, feline parvoviral enteritis and feline infectious enteritis) is a member of the family Parvoviridae and is closely related to canine parvovirus.  The virus is infective to all species of cats, whether domestic or wild, as well as raccoons, badgers and minks.  Dogs may also be infected with the FPV, although they do not shed the virus or show clinical signs.

The virus itself contains a single strand of DNA and is non-enveloped, making it more stable and resistant to disinfectants.  In the body, the virus targets rapidly dividing cells, such as those found in the intestine. To learn more click here.