Re: [FH] OT: IMPORTANT - Cat in Iowa catches swine flu
- Hi Carol;
Again, in response to your message I am sending the following information
that I have also sent to other groups:
----- Original Message -----
From: "C.R." <carolroars@...>
>I know this is way off topic, but it's really important. There's now been a
>documented case of a cat that has caught >the H1N1/Swine Flu virus.
As cats with any illness that compromises the immune system are vulnerable,
just as humans are, I don't see this as off topic. (-:
I just sent a copy of the WHO alert on this to another group dealing with
cats that have immune compromised systems, and I will forward that to this
Along with that I have tried to provide the reliable resources that I have
been coming across such as the following sites:
"Transmission of pandemic H1N1 influenza virus and impact
of prior exposure to seasonal strains or interferon treatment"
In other words, if your veterinarian has access to interferon, it can be
used to treat the flu in cats. There is a type of IFN designed specifically
for the cat population, but I gather the human form works, too.
Another site relating to cats that have previously been treated with IFN,
(cats with FIV, etc.):
"Haller et al. demonstrated that in the presence
of IFN, mice with a functional Mx1 gene, the murine homologue
of the human MxA gene, were more likely to survive a lethal
influenza virus challenge than mice without a functional Mx1 gene
(3). IFN-alpha is required to induce the Mx1-mediated influenza virus
resistance, because treatment of mice with an anti-IFN Ab eliminates
the beneficial effect of the intact Mx1 gene (3, 24, 25). However,
the role of IFN-induced MxA in controlling influenza virus
replication in humans and other animals is unclear."
If the virus is on your hands it doesn't survive long, but does remain
viable in droplets caused by coughing or sneezing. The best
If you are vaccinated, don't use acetaminophen for aches and pains as the
antibody production is reduced:
I will send the WHO report separately as it is quite long, even though I
have tried to trim it for groups.
Pat and all the boys