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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 03:23 PM
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First case of H1N1 in CATS confirmed in Iowa
Edited on Wed Nov-04-09 03:24 PM by Flaxbee
I get a cat-newsletter from "Dr. Jon" most days; quite often the letter showcases overpriced cat products, but this just came in and I thought many in the Lounge would want to know. See below.

(edited to fix a link)

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I just received a press release from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) confirming the first reported case of the H1N1 flu virus in pets and I wanted you to know about it immediately.

The AVMA just released the following information:

"A 13-year-old cat in Iowa developed signs of a respiratory infection after several people in the household were ill. Preliminary testing was positive for 2009 H1N1 on October 29, and the results were confirmed on November 2. This is the first report of a cat infected with H1N1. The cat has recovered from its illness.

To date, this is the first cat confirmed infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus."

To read the full press release - go to: H1N1 Flu Confirmed in Iowa cat
http://www.petplace.com/cats/h1n1-flu-confirmed-in-iowa...

Here are some tips to help keep you and your pet healthy:


If you are sick, see your doctor.

If your pet is showing a problem, see your veterinarian.
It is a good idea to wash your hands before and after handling your pets. This is just good common sense.
Do not expose your pets to other sick pets.
Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and toss your soiled tissues in a covered waste bin.
Good preventative measures can help keep you and your pets healthy. That's good advice any time of year, but especially during flu season.


Until next time,

Dr. Jon


P.S. There are other zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed from pets to people).

To see a list of these diseases, go to:

http://www.petplace.com/cats/diseases-you-can-catch-fro...

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/diseases-you-can-catch-fro...

P.P.S. Feel free to forward this health alert to a friend. I want all of us to be safe and informed. I'll keep you updated as we learn more.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 04:12 PM
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1. One more bond we can share with our pets - swapping flu
we already swap MRSA resistant Staph.
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 04:37 PM
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2. When will they come up with the H1N1 vaccine for pets?
I don't know about any of you, but I don't want to lose my cats to the swine flu. :scared:
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 05:14 PM
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3. Noooo!
Not the kitties! :(
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kedrys Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 05:31 PM
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4. Oh f*ck me.
Socrates has been sneezing for a week - no fever, loss of appetite, or any other symptoms whatsoever. The vet thinks he's having the winter dries. I hope that's all it is. :(
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 06:49 PM
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5. I don't think cats are originators, so to speak... sounds like
this Iowa cat got it from humans in the house who had it.

Have you had H1N1? If not, I wouldn't worry too much...
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