New cat virus could shed light on hepatitis B

25 May 2018

The feline discovery should not concern humans

The discovery of the companion cat hepadnavirus in the same family as hep B in humans could provide clues about the evolution of potentially deadly hepatitis viruses in all species.

Scientists have discovered hepadnavirus in an immunocompromised cat - and subsequently in banked samples - the domestic cat hepadnavirus is in the same family as hepatitis B virus of people.

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