Following news that a housecat in Iowa has tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus, the American Veterinary Medical Association has published a series of FAQs for vets and pet owners.
Following news that a housecat in Iowa has tested positive for the H1N1 influenza virus, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has published a series of FAQs for vets and pet owners.
The cat, which has now recovered, is believed to have contracted the virus from someone in the household who was sick with H1N1. Iowa state officials confirmed the virus last week (November 4), marking the first time a cat has been diagnosed with this strain of influenza. Prior to this diagnosis, the virus had been found in humans, pigs, birds and ferrets.
According to the AVMA, it has been in “constant contact with experts and agencies across the country to learn more about this case and share this information with the public and veterinarians”.
The results of these efforts are now available on the AVMA’s Web site, where those wanting to learn more can access continuously updated “Frequently Asked Questions” on the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, how the virus might affect pets, and what veterinarians should know when talking with clients and treating patients.
Information available from the links below include clinical signs, quarantine measures and treatment.
As well as these resources, frequently updated information on H1N1 (US specific), are available on the AVMA website.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said last week that “recent identification of the virus in different animal species is no additional cause for alarm.”
OIE director general Bernard Vallat said: “Pandemic H1N1 2009 virus infections in pigs and other susceptible animals were assessed as probable from the very first days after the virus was detected in humans. So, it does not come as a surprise that notifications of infection in new animals species are received; on the contrary it demonstrates animal disease surveillance is efficient and functioning to the benefit of all.”