Shelter Warns Feline Panleukopenia Virus Active in Local Cat Population

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments | News

According to the Prince William County Animal Shelter, laboratory results verify that a stray cat has been identified as the source of Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) at the shelter.

“Based on this information we know the virus is active in the community‚Äôs cat population,” a spokesperson for the shelter said. “Panleukopenia is primarily spread through contact with an infected animal’s bodily fluids, feces, as well as by fleas; it can be spread through contact with bedding, food dishes, as well as the hands, clothing and shoes of people who have handled infected animals.”

The shelter warns that residents who allow their cats to roam freely outside the home, or those who leave food outside for community cats should be cautious.

“FPV is not contagious or contractable by humans but is highly contagious among cats and once contracted can be fatal to the affected cat,” they said.

Signs of FPV include diarrhea, which could sometimes be bloody, vomiting, lethargy and fever, and death. It can range from mild diarrhea to fatal disease.

“All cats, including indoor cats, should be vaccinated. Please contact your veterinarian if your cats are displaying the signs of possible FPV,” they said.

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