How many groups, agencies, and institutes (both public and private) does it take to diagnose H1N1 in a house cat? Apparently, many
The 13-year-old indoor cat in Iowa was brought to the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where it tested positive for the H1N1 virus. The diagnosis is the culmination of collaborative efforts between IDPH, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Center for Advanced Host Defenses, Immunobiotics and Translational Comparative Medicine, USDA, and IDALS Animal Industry Bureau.
Well, I'm glad that's settled then.
“Two of the three members of the family that owns the pet had suffered from influenza-like illness before the cat became ill,” said IDPH Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Ann Garvey. “This is not completely unexpected, as other strains of influenza have been found in cats in the past.”
Ahh, pet insurance here we come. Now that they've figured out how to infect your pets with the same cold that you get, bingo. Peticare and Peticaid.
No worries, though,
Both the cat and its owners have recovered from their illnesses.
Also of note, H1N1 confirmed in commercial swine herd in Indiana