We last visited the topic of Swine Flu, H1N1, virus in cats way back on the 19th of September, 2009. Since then reports have been scarce until two cats in Wisconsin were diagnosed with severe respiratory signs after their owner had been ill with flu-like symptoms. The first cat tested positive, the second tested negative, although officials have presumed that she, too, succumbed to H1N1.
Having not had Swine Influenza in the news much since 2009, we pet owners may have relaxed our guard, and that proved fatal for these two kitties, who were unresponsive to treatment.
Meanwhile, in Erlanger, Kentucky, a ferret shelter had a severe outbreak. One ferret died and sixteen were sickened. Tests proved that it was the 2009 strain of the H1N1 virus that coursed through the facility.
So, remember, if you fall ill, wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, and take the same precautions handling your pets as you do when contacting your children and adult family members.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.