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Serological Survey for Influenza Type A Viruses in Domestic Dogs (Canis Lupus Familiaris) and Cats (Felis Catus) in North-Eastern Italy

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  • A. Piccirillo,

    1.  Department of Public Health, Comparative Pathology and Veterinary Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Padua, Legnaro  (Padua), Italy
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  • D. Pasotto,

    1.  Department of Public Health, Comparative Pathology and Veterinary Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Padua, Legnaro  (Padua), Italy
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  • A. Moreno Martin,

    1.  Department of Animal Health, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia ed Emilia Romagna ‘B.Ubertini’ (IZSLER), Brescia, Italy
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  • P. Cordioli

    1.  Department of Animal Health, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia ed Emilia Romagna ‘B.Ubertini’ (IZSLER), Brescia, Italy
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Dr A. Piccirillo, Department of Public Health, Comparative Pathology and Veterinary Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Padua. Viale dell’Università, 16–35020, Legnaro (Padua), Italy. Tel.: +39 49 8272968; Fax: +39 49 8272604; E-mail: alessandra.piccirillo@unipd.it

Summary

To ascertain the potential transmission of influenza A viruses to dogs and cats, a serological survey was carried out in North-eastern Italy. In a 4-year period, 637 serum samples were screened using a Mab-based competitive ELISA for anti-nucleoprotein A (NPA) antibody detection of influenza viruses. No evidence of anti-NPA antibodies was observed.

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