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« Reply #30 on: November 11, 2009, 09:10:22 AM »

http://www.stumbleupon.com/s/#1KuLjh/vetmedicine.about.com/b/2009/11/11/three-more-ferrets-infected-with-h1n1-virus.htm/

Three More Ferrets Infected with H1N1 Virus
Wednesday November 11, 2009
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) has reported that 3 more ferrets have tested positive for the H1N1 virus. The ferrets were part of a household of 9 ferrets, and it is suspected that all may have had the virus.

The ferrets became ill about a week after the human family had an "influenza-like illness." The ferrets did not all become ill at the same time, but when sick, they presented with fevers above 103F (normal for ferrets is 100 to 103°F or 37.7-39.4°C), sneezing, coughing and nasal discharge.

All ferrets and humans have recovered uneventfully. Read OVMA press release

Virus confirmation
According to the AVMA, the H1N1 samples were confirmed as follows: "Nasal discharge samples were collected on Oct 27th and were later reported as positive for Influenza A. Further testing at NVSL confirmed the isolates as pandemic influenza H1N1. All 9 ferrets have recovered well." Read news brief

A total of 4 ferrets have tested positive in Oregon to date, the first ferret H1N1 case was confirmed on 9 October 2009. That ferret recovered as well.
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« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2009, 02:07:57 PM »



http://www.avma.org/public_health/influenza/new_virus/default.asp

November 18, 2009
The Oregon state public health veterinarian has reported that a pet cat has died from presumed 2009 H1N1 influenza virus infection. The cat was one of 4 cats in the household and became ill approximately one week after a child in household had a flu-like illness. It developed labored breathing and was presented to a veterinarian on November 4.
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« Reply #32 on: November 18, 2009, 03:11:22 PM »

This really is a nightmare I think personally. ty, JustMe.
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« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2009, 03:14:11 PM »

I agree, 3Cats.   Cry
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« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2009, 03:29:11 PM »

That's really something...to have the flu virus transmitted from humans to their pets! Scary...
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« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2009, 03:30:35 PM »

Yes, H1N1 is widespread in humans and by now it is also likely to be widespread in pets.  The virus is quite promiscuous and there was nothing unusal about the cat in Iowa, oter than the access to testing by its owners.

Need to double check your spelling Doc. Anyway, got some data to back up these assertions?

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« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2009, 03:38:56 PM »

This will make me decide to get the H1N1 shot -- just on the off chance I could spread it to my cats if I get it.   Undecided
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« Reply #37 on: November 18, 2009, 03:47:03 PM »

DH and I aren't being offered the swine flu vaccine or regular vaccine due to unavailability in our state and our ages set down by our state.  At least that is what we were told.  So, we have no choice of getting it or not at this time.  Takes the decision out of our hands.  Interestingly, I have 2 chronic medical conditions. 
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Eventually they will understand,
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That I am always with them
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« Reply #38 on: November 18, 2009, 04:00:45 PM »

My age bracket here in Southwest just offered H1N1 this week for the first time by our health department. With two chronic kidney failure kitties, no doubt what I need to do. I believe I had it this spring but don't know for sure.
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« Reply #39 on: November 18, 2009, 05:46:52 PM »

Funny how we could get our cats tested but not ourselves. My age bracket was just offered it starting today. They're now using non-adjuvanted. I'm still on the fence.
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« Reply #40 on: November 18, 2009, 06:41:55 PM »

I am worried about this new development, but I don't think I will be getting the shot anyway. We are all (humans and kitties) in reasonably good health, and both of us rarely catch seasonal flu anyway.  I am following my usual flu prevention rules, regular hand washing, lots of vit. C containing fresh fruit.
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« Reply #41 on: November 19, 2009, 06:51:38 AM »

A few more details:

http://oregonvma.org/news/h1n1

I'm wondering what happened on Nov. 4 - was the cat sent home?  It says that x-rays revealed "results consistent with pneumonia", but the cat was not admitted and treated until Nov. 5.


"On November 4, 2009, a 10-year-old male cat was brought to Animal Clinic in Lebanon, Oregon with labored breathing. A member of the family had been sick with influenza-like illness approximately one week earlier.

On initial examination, the cat's temperature was 101.7 F. There was no coughing or sneezing and its respiration was rapid and shallow. Radiographs were taken and revealed results consistent with pneumonia.

On November 5, 2009, the cat's respiratory rate worsened. The cat was admitted and treated with oxygen and medication.

On November 7, 2009, the cat died. It was later confirmed that the cat was positive for pandemic H1N1 by Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory."
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« Reply #42 on: November 19, 2009, 07:44:23 AM »

This is very scary.  The vaccine is only being offered in my area to people in certain age and high risk groups right now. I'm not part of those groups.  I have never got a flu shot before but this would be the one I would consider getting because I work with animals.  I do wonder though if humas have been passing regular seasonal flu virus to cats for years.  In the past  I don't think there has been any reason to test. Prior to H1N1,  I can't tell you how many times I have heard from cat parents that they had to take the cat to the vet and what's so weird is that they were just sick with similar syptoms the week before.  My vet said the same thing.
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« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2009, 01:35:23 PM »

Im with you kittylyda, my husband and I talked about it and want to get the H1N1 vaccine largely in part  due to Sophers and her immune-system problems, it could be very bad for her if she got it.  But right now, our Dr office is only giving it to kids up to age 3 and the Fred Meyer pharmacy supply is spoken for.  At this rate, Im afraid we will end up with the flu before we can get the vaccine....
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« Reply #44 on: November 20, 2009, 06:16:19 PM »

I sure wish I could transfer the dose that's available to me at work to one of you who are trying to protect your kitties!  I believe that I likely already possess immunity to H1N1, and because I have problems with many vaccines, due to the eggs they are grown in, I won't be getting the vaccine unless things get extreme.  (I'd be at higher risk from the vaccine than from the disease.)
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