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Objective—To characterize clinical ocular disease, viral shedding, and serologic response associated with primary canine herpesvirus-1 (CHV-1) ocular infection in naïve adult dogs.

Animals—12 specific pathogen-free adult Beagles.

Procedures—Dogs were topically inoculated in the right eye with CHV-1 (infection group; n = 8) or virus-free medium (control group; 4). Dogs were inoculated with or without corneal microtrephination and subconjunctivally administered corticosteroids. Conjunctiva, buffy coat, and serum samples for real-time PCR assay, virus isolation, and serum neutralization (SN) antibody titers were collected until postinfection day (PID) 224, and general physical and ophthalmologic examinations were performed.

Results—Dogs in the infection group developed bilateral, mild to moderate conjunctivitis that reached maximal intensity on PIDs 7 to 10. Ocular viral shedding was detected in all dogs in the infection group between PIDs 3 and 10. Infected dogs developed CHV-1 SN antibody titers, beginning at PID 7 and peaking on PID 21. All buffy coat PCR assay results were negative. Corneal microtrephination and subconjunctival corticosteroid administration did not significantly affect clinical disease or viral shedding. Following recovery from primary infection, dogs remained clinically normal, did not shed virus, and had slowly decreasing SN antibody titers. Dogs in the control group did not develop conjunctivitis, shed virus, or develop CHV-1 SN antibody titers.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Primary ocular infection of adult dogs with CHV-1 was associated with self-limiting conjunctivitis and ocular viral shedding, which was evident in the absence of clinically detectable keratitis or systemic disease. Features of this infection resembled herpes simplex virus primary ocular infection in humans.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research



A 12-year-old neutered male domestic shorthair cat with chronic anterior uveitis and secondary glaucoma of the right eye was examined for persistent blepharospasm 2 weeks after corneal debridement and grid keratotomy for nonhealing superficial ulcerative keratitis.


Examination of the right eye revealed a central superficial corneal ulcer associated with corneal epithelial and subepithelial infiltrates and mild aqueous flare. Structures consistent with amoeboid cysts and trophozoites were detected in the cornea by in vivo confocal microscopy. Suppurative keratitis was identified cytologically. An Acanthamoeba spp was isolated through culture and identified by a PCR assay of corneal specimens.


Symptomatic and antiamoebic (polyhexamethylene biguanide 0.02% ophthalmic solution) treatments were instituted. Over the following 6 weeks, the cat lost vision in the affected eye and lesions progressed to nonulcerative stromal keratitis associated with a dense paracentral corneal stroma ring infiltrate and anterior lens luxation. The globe was enucleated, and lymphoplasmacytic sclerokeratitis, anterior uveitis, and retinal detachment were noted. Acanthamoeba organisms were detected within the corneal stroma and anterior sclera with histologic and immunohistochemical stains. The amoebae were classified to the Acanthamoeba T4 genotype by DNA sequencing. The cat had no medical problems attributed to Acanthamoeba infection over 36 months after enucleation, until the cat was lost to follow-up.


Naturally acquired Acanthamoeba sclerokeratitis is described in a cat for the first time. Acanthamoeba infection should be considered for cats with superficial corneal disease refractory to appropriate treatments and especially occurring after ocular trauma, including keratotomy.

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association


Objective—To determine the frequency of spontaneous canine herpesvirus-1 (CHV-1) reactivation and ocular viral shedding in latently infected dogs and the effect of topical ocular administration of cyclosporine.

Animals—8 mature Beagles with experimentally induced latent CHV-1 infection.

Procedures—Following induction of primary ocular CHV-1 infection, the presence of reactivatable CHV-1 latency was confirmed by systemically administering prednisolone to the dogs. Dogs were then monitored for 36 weeks via clinical examination and conjunctival sample CHV-1 PCR assay performed at 4-day intervals and CHV-1 virus neutralization antibody assay performed at 2-week intervals. During weeks 16 to 32, dogs were administered 0.2% cyclosporine ointment in both eyes twice daily and blood cyclosporine concentrations were monitored. During weeks 33 to 36, the presence of reactivatable CHV-1 latency was reconfirmed via systemic administration of prednisolone.

Results—Reactivation of latent CHV-1 was not detected via clinical examination or viral shedding during the initial 32 weeks, including before and during topical ocular administration of cyclosporine, and there were no significant differences in CHV-1 virus neutralization titer increases between the study periods. Blood cyclosporine concentrations were less than assay detection limits in all dogs on the sampling days. Systemic administration of corticosteroids repeatedly resulted in ocular disease and viral shedding.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Spontaneous CHV-1 reactivation did not occur frequently in latently infected mature dogs, and this was not altered by topical ocular administration of cyclosporine. This characteristic may be a factor contributing to the lower frequency of recurrent herpetic ocular disease in dogs relative to other host species and their associated alphaherpesviruses.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research