Coronavirus infections and influenzavirus infections in companion animals

Both cats and dogs can be infected with different influenza- and coronaviruses. These infections are associated with respiratory and/or gastro-intestinal illness, but information on exposure (prevalence) cell- and tissue tropism (route of infection, cell-infection) and pathogenesis of (non species specific) viruses remains underexplored. The research conducted in this PhD will focus on gaining more insight in the potential role of avian- and human exposure to influenzavirus A infection and avian exposure to porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) infection in companion animals. Cell and/or tissue infection will be studied using tissue models and diagnostic assays will be developed to study populations of cats and dogs that are considered more at risk of infection.

Mirjam Duijvestijn