Outbreak Kills 50 Shelter Cats
ALBERTA – The Humane Society of Edmonton, Alberta, told reporters this week that an outbreak of Panleukopenia, or Feline Distemper, has killed 50 cats there, and left many more ill.
The shelter has been scrambling to prevent the airborne disease from spreading – it's a virus similar to Parvovirus in dogs – and it's nearly depleted the shelter's financial resources in just over a week.
Shelter workers say supplies including common items like toys and scratching posts, had to be incinerated.
That's because transmission occurs through regular contact – either with fecal matter, an infected cat or something that cat has come in contact with.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, symptoms include generalized depression, loss of appetite, high fever, lethargy, vomiting, dehydration and hanging over the water bowl.
The virus' course can be rapid – and advanced cases, when discovered, may cause death within hours.
The Edmonton shelter says the outbreak is isolated – and in hopes of keeping it that way, they're asking for donations – if you're able to help, please visit the online at edmontonhumanesociety.com
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