FHV-1, an alphaherpesvirus, causes mainly keratoconjunctivitis and rhinitis (Povey, 1979) that lead to mortality exceeding 60% in kitten (Mickman et al., 1994). In the acute phase of infection, large amounts of infectious virus are excreted in nasal and ocular discharges (Gaskell et al, 1984). Recovered animals remain latently infected with virus in sensory nerve ganalia. During this stage, virus shedding may be induced by stress or occur spontaneously.
The PetNADTM FHV Detection Kit, which applies iiPCR (insulated isothermal PCR), is a newly developed nucleic acid diagnostic product. With the compatible instrument--POCKITTM, the Nucleic Acid Analyzer, Feline Herpesvirus-1 PCR detection can be done within 1 hour! This system is compact, fast and easy; it is perfectly suitable for small animal diseases detection for veterinary clinics use.