by dj goulash
Cat in Iowa Diagnosed with Swine Flu
A 13 year old cat in Iowa was diagnosed and treated last week suffering from the swine flu virus. The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed the illness, and that the feline has recovered. Officials in Oregon and Nebraska have also confirmed that there were two confirmed cases of the virus affecting ferrets, one in each state. The ferret in Nebraska died, but according to Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, the ferret in their state was recovering.
According to the Associated Press (AP), the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) spokesperson Tom Skinner, said “we’ve known certainly, it’s possible this could happen” He reportedly further stated that “This may be the first instance where we have documentation that transmission occurred involving cats and dogs”
In the case of the cat, Dr. Brett Sponseller, the