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Small animal disease surveillance: respiratory disease

S�nchez-Vizca�no, Fernando; Daly, Janet M.; Jones, Philip H.; Dawson, Susan; Gaskell, Rosalind; Menacere, Tarek; Heayns, Bethaney; Wardeh, Maya; Newman, Jenny; Everitt, Sally; Day, Michael J.; McConnell, Katie; Noble, Peter J.M.; Radford, Alan D.

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Fernando S�nchez-Vizca�no

Professor of Viral Zoonoses

Philip H. Jones

Susan Dawson

Rosalind Gaskell

Tarek Menacere

Bethaney Heayns

Maya Wardeh

Jenny Newman

Sally Everitt

Michael J. Day

Katie McConnell

Peter J.M. Noble

Alan D. Radford


This second Small Animal Disease Surveillance report focuses on syndromic surveillance of i) respiratory disease in veterinary practice and ii) feline calicivirus (FCV) based on laboratory diagnosis, in a large veterinary-visiting pet population of the UK between January 2014 and December 2015. Presentation for respiratory disease comprised 1.7%, 2.3% and 2.5% of canine, feline and rabbit consultations, respectively. In dogs, the most frequent respiratory sign reported was coughing (71.1% of consultations), whilst in cats it was sneezing (42.6%). Cats had a higher number of geographical regions at high relative risk for respiratory disease compared with dogs in England and Wales. The mean percentage of samples testing positive for FCV was 30.1% (95% CI: 28.2–32.2%) in the year 2014 and 27.9% (95% CI: 26.2–29.7%) in 2015. January was the month with the highest percentage of FCV positive samples in both years. The report also gives an update on influenza A virus in dogs and cats. Finally, in its section about topical developments in companion animal infection worldwide, the report briefly reminds us of the zoonotic potential of leptospirosis.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 7, 2016
Publication Date Apr 7, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 28, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 28, 2016
Journal Veterinary Record
Print ISSN 0042-4900
Electronic ISSN 2042-7670
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 178
Issue 15
Pages 361-364
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