45 Cats In New York City Shelter Infected With Rare Bird Flu

On December 15, the Well being Division and the Animal Care
Facilities of New York Metropolis introduced uncommon pressure of chook
flu was present in 45 cats in a single Manhattan shelter. 

 

In accordance with a press release, “That is the primary time
this virus [influenza A virus, known as low pathogenic avian
influenza H7N2] has been detected and transmitted amongst
home cats. It’s unknown how the cats contracted the virus.
To this point this virus causes delicate sickness in cats and is believed to
pose a low danger to people.” 

 

It’s unknown how the contaminated cats contracted the virus, which
solely has two documented instances in the US, the final of
which was from an unknown supply again in 2003. 

 

The NYC Division of Well being tells petMD that the contaminated
cats, who’ve proven delicate signs, usually are not being
medicated as a result of there are none presently authorized to be used
with this an infection. (As reported within the launch, “One contaminated
cat, who had underlying well being issues and superior age, died”
and a consultant for the Division of Well being assures the
cat was “humanely euthanized.”) 

 

Because the the Division of Well being and the ACC seems to discover a
quarantine facility for the contaminated cats, they’re additionally
advising individuals who adopted Manhattan shelter cats
throughout this era to name the Division at 866-692-3641 for
care directions, together with preserving their cat separated from
different cats or animals, if their cat is exhibiting indicators of
persistent cough, lip smacking, runny nostril, and fever.”

 

Different indicators pet dad and mom ought to look out for is fever
with a sore throat, fever with a cough, or purple, infected eyes.
The Division of Well being has additionally “distribute[d] directions
to all new and up to date cat adopters to observe their cats, which
contains steerage on checking animals for higher respiratory
sickness.”

 

Whereas no people have but been contaminated, nor have 20 canine
on the shelter who’ve been examined, the virus, which is being
unfold from cat to cat can have an effect on individuals, in addition to animals.
Testing of different animals, together with rabbits and
guinea pigs, is ongoing,” based on the press
launch. “There have been no reported instances of this virus
amongst cats outdoors of the ACC shelter system.”

 

The influenza is unlikely to impression cats from different
shelters, however “house owners whose animals present indicators of influenza
ought to contact their veterinarian for care directions and
hand washing precautions must be taken to stop unfold of
the virus on arms and clothes.” 

 

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