Feline infectious rhinotracheitis - herpesvirus (FHV)

Herpesvirus infection in cats is a common and easily spread disease of the upper respiratory tract and eyes. It is a disease caused by the herpes virus FHV-1 and is mainly a problem in breeds with a higher concentration of cats or poor zoohygienic conditions. This disease is particularly dangerous for young or immunocompromised adult cats.

FHV-1 is shed in the eyes and nasal secretions for up to several weeks after infection. The main symptoms are sneezing, nasal discharge and eye involvement (keratoconjunctivitis).

Infectious rhinotracheitis in cats is part of a group of diseases known as 'cat colds', which share similar clinical signs. Other causative agents of feline rhinitis are feline calicivirus (FCV), Chlamydia spp, Mycoplasma spp.


MVDr. Roman Masopust
+420 770 118 901


FHV-1 virus detection by RT-PCR: mucosal swabs (conjunctiva, nose, mouth), whole blood (EDTA)

Antibody detection by NIFR: serum

Molecular biology

RNDr. Alexander Nagy, Ph.D.
+420 770 118 897

Molecular biology

Ing. Lenka Černíková, Ph.D
+420 770 118 896

Information and Results

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