Extremely contagious virus impacting cats at Denton Animal Shelter

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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Cat adoptions, surrenders, and intakes are postponed for 10 days on the Denton Animal Shelter because of a virus that is impacting their feline inhabitants. 

Veterinary employees reported {that a} cat, which underwent remedy for an higher respiratory an infection was nonetheless exhibiting signs of an an infection, post-treatment. After additional investigation, it was decided that the cat had Calicivirus, which has unfold to different felines within the shelter. 

Calicivirus is extremely contagious and contaminated cats transmit the virus by way of saliva or secretions from the nostril or eyes. When an contaminated cat sneezes, airborne viral particles are unfold meters by way of the air. Lab checks have additionally detected the virus in feces, urine, and blood. 

All cats on the Denton Animal Shelter are vaccinated upon consumption, together with being vaccinated for Calicivirus. Thus, it is probably going that the origin of the virus got here from an asymptomatic feline upon consumption and was not found by employees till the cat turned symptomatic. 

Given the excessive stage of contagiousness and present capability of the shelter, there may be a excessive chance that the virus will unfold additional to wholesome felines, in response to the shelter.

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To mitigate the unfold of the virus, the shelter has applied the next: 

  • Suspending all cat adoptions, surrenders, and intakes for 10 calendar days
  • Halting all residential trapping of cats – DAS is noticing a rise of feline Calicivirus within the stray feral felines which are coming in and will point out that the virus is in the neighborhood
  • Offering Lysine complement in cat meals to spice up immune methods to assist felines in combating the virus 
  • Feline well being checks twice a day by veterinary and kennel employees 
  • Coverings positioned over particular person feline kennels to forestall viral airborne particles 
  • Isolation robes and gloves are worn by any employees member interacting with a feline. These objects shall be modified after every particular person contact. 
  • Felines are remoted to at least one kennel, to remove any chance of cross-contamination
  • With Veterinary employees session, humanely euthanize contaminated and extremely uncovered felines, if vital

The Calicivirus doesn’t influence canines, thus individuals can nonetheless undertake them.