New Support Group
Support the Fight
to End FIP
COVID-19 Message from CDC
Regarding Risk to Pets
CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
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New Support Group
We have a new group on Groups.io dedicated to supporting families that have a FIP diagnosis, think they may have and also support for those who have an angel taken by FIP.
You can get help with diagnosis and discuss treatment options that are currently available.
The fighting force behind the fundraising efforts of Winn's Bria Fund, and the hearts behind the support groups for families going through FIP. We strive to end FIP and raise awareness and money in the hopes to find a cure. We try to connect people currently going through FIP to the experienced groups to help with emotional support through traumatic times medically and emotionally.
Total raised for FIP Research since December 31, 2019 – $746,963.38
Total amount spent for Bria Fund studies through October 31, 2019 – $510,965.50
Bria Fund Supporters News
Clinical Trials and
Black Market Options Statements
FIP Fighters supports treatment and procedures supported by research studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals. We also advocate for participation in legitimate, humane clinical trials.
FIP progress to date included initial, successful clinical trials using experimental drugs GC376 and GS441524. Both drugs are still experimental and neither approved or available to the general public. Additional FIP clinical trials using GC376 are underway, and GS441524/GS5734 is a human drug currently in a phase 2 clinical study.
Neither drug is available as an approved drug on any market in the world.
From Purina Pro Plan SPring Issue
They cover the story of Luna's clinical trial and go into depth about the current treatments that are finding success in clinical trials.
They also cover FIP Virus Replication, FIP Prevention, Signs of Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and they talk about what to do When a Cat Has Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus.
Thank you Purina Pro Plan for highlighting Bria Fund and our efforts to raise money for research.
What is FIP?
FIP is ultimately caused by a common and a largely innocuous enteric coronavirus, similar to coronaviruses causing diarrhea in humans, foals, calves and poultry. In about 10% of cats, mainly kittens, the enteric coronavirus will undergo specific mutations that allow it to escape the cells lining the lower intestine and infect the most basic cell of the immune system, the macrophage. This macrophage infection is eliminated in all but 0.3-1.4% of cats, which for unknown reasons are unable to develop the required protective immunity. The disease that occurs in this unfortunate small group of cats can clinically manifest within days, several weeks, sometimes months, and rarely a year or more. The form of disease that is manifested is referred to simply as wet (effusive) or dry (non-effusive). These two forms are easily distinguishable, although there may also be transition forms between the two. Some cats may present with signs of dry FIP but later develop wet FIP, or vice versa. Overall, about 75% of cats will present with wet FIP and 25% will present with dry FIP. Less than 5% of cats, usually those with milder forms of dry FIP to start, will survive longer than one year with the best symptomatic care.
Niels C. Pedersen, DVM, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus UC Davis
Center for Companion Animal Health
All donations go directly to FIP studies
Total amount spent on studies through October 31st 2019 $510,965.50
Many pieces of the FIP puzzle are solved. We have come further in understanding and diagnosing FIP, treating it, and reached the point of some cats living with FIP as a chronic disease because of prophylactic biologicals and drugs. This includes a treatment and time will tell if this cure is permanent, but it is quite promising.
Because of two new FIP drugs from recent clinical trials, there are also cats formerly clinically diagnosed with FIP living without it for over a year. They are enjoying life as happy, normal cats. When available, these drugs will potentially help many cats with both wet and dry FIP, but they will not cure all types of FIP, such as neurological. The search for additional FIP drugs to cure this type and others is ongoing. It is the most exciting time since the Bria Fund was founded!
Please help support this important research by donating to the Bria Fund for FIP Research and encouraging family, friends, animal health professionals and cat lovers to do so too. Together, we can end FIP!
The Winn Feline Foundation, including the Bria Fund, is a public charity established to support health-related studies benefiting cats under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.