Parasitology Research

, Volume 97, Supplement 1, pp S102–S106 | Cite as

Experimental quantification of the feline leukaemia virus in the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) and its faeces

Original Paper


Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) were fed via artificial membranes and infected with the feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) from cell cultures. After removing the fleas from the blood source, the quantity of virus in the flea and its faeces was measured over a defined period of time. The virus was detectable in the fleas for up to 30 h at room temperature and up to 115 h at 4°C. In the faeces, the amount of virus decreased much more slowly – after 2 weeks half of the initial amount of virus could still be detected. Thus the faeces might be a source of further infections, e.g. for the flea larvae or the cat itself.


Felis Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Yersinia Pestis Blood Source Feline Leukemia Virus 

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© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Vobis
    • 1
  • J. D’Haese
    • 1
  • H. Mehlhorn
    • 1
  • N. Mencke
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for ZoomorphoiogyCell Biology and Parasitology, Heinrich–Heine UniversityDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Bayer HealthCare AGAnimal Health DivisionLeverkusenGermany

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