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Boston Cat Virus Outbreak Is Potentially Fatal for Feline Friends

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Boston is seeing an outbreak of a cat virus that is potentially fatal. (Manon Ringuette/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 20 Oct 2016 03:31 PM

Some Boston area cats have been showing up recently in veterinary clinics with panleukopenia, a potentially fatal virus to which only cats are susceptible.

The sick animals have been concentrated in the Walk Hill Street area of Mattapan, The Boston Globe reported. The cat virus causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite and affects mostly young cats and kittens.

Cats infected with the virus need to be quarantined to avoid spreading it to healthy cats. Panleukopenia is highly contagious to other cats who have not been infected previously, but cats are immune to future infections from the virus if they get it and survive, according to PetMD.

One of the most common symptoms of panleukopenia is anemia due to the way the virus affects the blood cells. Cats who are completely uninterested in eating, are lethargic, and are having vomiting and diarrhea should be checked by a veterinarian right away.

The virus is transmitted when cats have contact with blood, feces, urine, or fleas from an infected cat. People who do not wash their hands appropriately between handling cats may also pass on the virus, even though humans cannot become infected.

Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, can be prevented through vaccinations. The Animal Rescue League in combination with the Massachusetts Animal Fund and Boston Animal Care and Control will have a free feline distemper vaccine clinic in Mattapan on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to WCVB. Clinic organizers request that cats be brought to the clinic in carriers, which are available for borrowing if owners don’t have one.

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Some Boston area cats have been showing up recently in veterinary clinics with panleukopenia, a potentially fatal virus to which only cats are susceptible.
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