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Veterinary Medicine International
Volume 2011, Article ID 879029, 3 pages
Research Article

Serological Detection of Viral Infections in Captive Wild Cats from Costa Rica

1Research Direction, Universidad Nacional, P.O. Box 86-3000, Heredia, Costa Rica
2Cataratas de la Paz Zoo, Monterrey, Alajuela, P.O. Box 502-1000, San José, Costa Rica
3Las Pumas Rescue Center, P.O. Box 89-5700, Cañas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
4School of Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Nacional, P.O. Box 304-3000, Heredia, Costa Rica

Received 3 May 2010; Revised 29 August 2010; Accepted 8 February 2011

Academic Editor: G. F. Browning

Copyright © 2011 Kinndle Blanco et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Serum samples from a total of 44 wildcats, 28 margays (Leopardus wiedii), 10 ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), four jaguaroundis (Herpailurus yaguaroundi), one oncilla (Leopardus tigrina), and one jaguar (Panthera onca) were obtained between January 2001 and August 2002 from the Profelis Centre for rehabilitation of wild felids, located in the northwestern region of Costa Rica. Forty three samples were tested for antibodies against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and p27 antigen of feline leukemia virus (FeLV), 42 samples for antibodies against feline parvovirus (FPV), and 30 for antibodies against feline calicivirus (FCV). None of the samples contained detectable antibodies against FIV or p27 antigen of FeLV, all samples contained antibodies against FPV, and one sample contained antibodies against FCV.