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Studying the Genetics of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

 

Dr. Gary Whittaker, of the Whittaker Lab, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, is continuing the regional study of the feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) virus and how it infects cats. The aim is to reach a better understanding of this virus in order to formulate a successful method of treatment and to work towards a future diagnostic test. Various sample specimens are needed from cats suspected of having FIP and healthy cats who live or have lived with cats suspected of FIP.

ELIGIBILITY: The lab is collecting stool, urine, blood and fluid samples from cats that are suspected to have FIP and cats who have been in contact with FIP positive cats but are not showing symptoms.

**Please note that due to the laboratory testing involved samples from locations close to Cornell and the Ithaca area are of particular interest. However, samples from any location are also accepted.

COMPENSATION: There is no compensation for assisting with the study but participation might help future cats diagnosed with FIP.

CONTACT: For questions on qualifications or more information how you can help with the project email fcovstudy@cornell.edu. Information on the Whittaker lab, including a link to their recent findings in FIP research is available here.

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