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Development of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Database

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a highly fatal disease in cats that has no known cure. Diagnostic tests can predict if a cat has been exposed to coronavirus, but not if the cat has been exposed to the specific viral strain causing the deadly disease. With the support of American Humane, the student designed a survey-based database to track nationwide incidences of FIP, hoping to better understand the risk factors for acquiring the infection and why some cats are susceptible and others are resistant. A 15-question survey was emailed to 500 veterinary clinics and organizations across the U.S. and data are now being analyzed to determine percentage of domestic cats with disease who were previously vaccinated for FIP, outdoor vs. indoor cats acquiring disease, age at time of disease onset, regional difference, seasonal trends, etc. A comprehensive database that might provide clues for future research is greatly needed.

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