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    ... INFLUENZA PANDEMIC (H1N1) 2009, ANIMAL (21), USA (IOWA) FELINE ************************************************************** Date: Wed 4 Nov 2009 Source:
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 5 2:56 PM
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      Date: Wed 4 Nov 2009
      Source: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) News, press

      H1N1 flu confirmed in Iowa cat
      A cat in Iowa has tested positive for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus,
      officials confirmed this morning [4 Nov 2009], marking the 1st time a cat
      has been diagnosed with this strain of influenza.

      The cat, which has recovered, is believed to have caught the virus from
      someone in the household who was sick with H1N1. There are no indications
      that the cat passed the virus on to any other animals or people.

      The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American
      Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are reminding pet owners that
      some viruses can pass between people and animals, so this was not an
      altogether unexpected event. Pet owners should monitor their pets' health
      very closely, no matter what type of animal, and visit a veterinarian if
      there are any signs of illness.

      The AVMA is actively tracking all instances of H1N1 in animals and
      updates on our website at
      Date: Wed 4 Nov 2009
      Source: Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) News [edited]
      <http://www.idph.state.ia.us/IdphNews/Reader.aspx?id=8FBE90B3-4667-4960-9AF5-1B9B477A3805> Protecting pets from illness ---------------------------- The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) remind Iowans that, in addition to protecting their families, friends, and neighbors from the spread of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, it's important to remember to protect family pets from the illness. People who are sick with H1N1 can spread the virus not only to humans, but also to some animals. The departments are sharing this message following the confirmation of a case of H1N1 in an Iowa cat. The 13 year old indoor cat in Iowa was brought to the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, where it tested positive for the H1N1 virus. The diagnosis is the culmination of collaborative efforts between IDPH, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Advanced Host Defenses, Immunobiotics and Translational Comparative Medicine, USDA, and IDALS Animal Industry Bureau. "Two of the 3 members of the family that owns the pet had suffered from influenza-like illness before the cat became ill," said IDPH Public Health Veterinarian, Dr Ann Garvey. "This is not completely unexpected, as other strains of influenza have been found in cats in the past." Both the cat and its owners have recovered from their illnesses. People can keep their pets healthy by washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and minimizing contact with their pets while ill with influenza-like symptoms. If your pet exhibits signs of a respiratory illness, contact your veterinarian. "Indoor pets that live in close proximity to someone who has been sick are at risk and it is wise to monitor their health to ensure they aren't showing signs of illness," said Dr David Schmitt, state veterinarian for Iowa. For more information about H1N1, visit <http://www.idph.state.ia.us/h1n1/> or call the Iowa Influenza Hotline at 1-800-447-1985. Contact information: Polly Carver-Kimm at (515) 281-6693. -- communicated by: Mark Liao Stanford University <markliaohk@...> [WHO reported on avian influenza H5N1 in cats in Germany in 2006 (<http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_02_28a/en/index.html>). H5N1 was also reported in cats in 2004 (<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15345779>). It should come as no surprise that cats in close contact with infected family members are likely to succumb to the same disease as their owners. -
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