Characterization of regionally associated feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in bobcats (Lynx rufus)

Danielle M. Lagana, Justin S. Lee, Jesse S. Lewis, Sarah N. Bevins, Scott Carver, Linda L. Sweanor, Roy McBride, Caleb McBride, Kevin R. Crooks, Sue VandeWoude

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Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) classically infects felid species with highly divergent species-specific FIVs. However, recent studies have detected an FIV strain infecting both bobcats (Lynx rufus) and pumas (Puma concolor) in California and Florida. To further investigate this observation, we evaluated FIV from bobcats in Florida (n525) and Colorado (n580) between 2008 and 2011. Partial viral sequences from five Florida bobcats cluster with previously published sequences from Florida panthers. We did not detect FIV in Colorado bobcats

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-722
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus
  • Lentivirus
  • Puma (Puma concolor)
  • Viral evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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