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Could a Cat Re-Ignite the H1N1 Virus?

Two cats from Wisconsin found to have H1N1 virus, the first case reported since 2010.


Two cats in Wisconsin were euthanized after coming down with the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. Medical News Today reports

In addition to humans and cats, this strain of H1N1 influenza virus has also been found in pigs, birds, ferrets and a dog. There have been no confirmed cases of pets passing the virus back to people.


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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding pet owners that some viruses can pass between people and animals, so this is not an altogether unexpected event.

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The article advises pet owners to look for signs that may include lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, or signs of respiratory or breathing problems and to post any instances of the virus on the AVMA website.

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