Until recently, 2009 H1N1, the virus known to cause ?swine flu,? had not been found in companion animals. A November 4, 2009, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) press release confirms 2009 H1N1 infection in an Iowa feline, and two ferrets, respectively from Nebraska and Oregon. The cat and the Oregon ferret have subsequently recovered. Unfortunately, the Nebraska ferret died. Previously, the 2009 H1N1 virus had only been isolated from avians (birds), porcine (pigs), and humans. read more at, http://ferrets.net16.net/ The 13-year old, indoor cat displayed respiratory tract signs, prompting the owner to seek veterinary care at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University?s College of Veterinary Medicine. Respiratory tract signs include sneezing, coughing, nasal and ocular discharge, and altered respiratory patterns (labored breathing, panting, wheezing). Additional symptoms potentially associated with respiratory tract infections include lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. read more at, http://ferrets.net16.ne It is speculated that the cat was infected with 2009 H1N1 by household members that were showing flu like symptoms. According to Dr. Ann Garvey, an Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) veterinarian, the transmission of 2009 H1N1 virus to a cat ?is not completely unexpected, as other strains of influenza have been found in cats in the past.? The unusual nature of the 2009 H1N1 virus creates difficulty in predicting the possibility of infection in additional species. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the genetic makeup of the 2009 H1N1 virus consists of portions of the North American avian and swine influenza viruses, human influenza viruses and swine influenza viruses originating in both Asia and Europe. read more at, http://ferrets.net16.ne Please use good sanitation to help prevent the transmission of infectious agents among people and pets. Frequently wash you hands with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid close contact with pets (and people) when you are sick. read more at, http://ferrets.net16.ne A variety infectious organisms and environmental irritants can cause upper respiratory tract signs in your pet. Should your pet manifest clinical signs of illness, please schedule an examination with your veterinarian.read more at, http://ferrets.net16.ne
comments Discuss   addto Add this link to...  recommend Tell a friend   report Bury

Comments Who Voted Related Links