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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bird Flu

I heard on the news this morning that China is telling residents that own cats to keep them indoors. Apparently there is evidence that cats can catch the bird flu.

Has anyone else heard this? I've been trying to find an article about it online.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 12:37 PM
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Yes, cats can catch it. Quite a few tigers died in October 2004 Taiwan last year after eating infected carcasses. Domestic cats can catch it by eating infected birds, and actually this was announced in 2004 as well.
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 01:31 PM
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Bird Flu, has been confirmed...its hit England....
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 01:38 PM
 
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I think that in Austria some cats had the bird flu. And in Germany a cat died of bird flu.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 01:41 PM
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Yeah, I heard about the one in Germany.
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 04:01 PM
 
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Bird flu has reached Sweden too...I live in the north of Sweden and so far the migratory birds haven't domiciled here yet...but I think its a matter of weeks... ....we try to keep our cats inside, we're planning to build a exercise yard for them.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 04:19 PM
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I live Right on the beach basically, Loads of birds around here. ****. Better emergate to America faster.....
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 05:09 PM
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I live Right on the beach basically, Loads of birds around here. ****. Better emergate to America faster.....
We're not necessarily immune to it either. There have been no confirmed cases of Bird Flu as of yet but migratory season is just starting for many water fowl. The Game & Fish Department has been and will continue to be testing for Bird Flu for months to come. I don't know that I recall any cases of it back in 2004 though. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it misses us this year too.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 05:16 PM
 
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We haven't had any birds test positive for H5N1 here in the US yet. It will happen as the birds start to migrate.
The issue has been and will remain to be whether the strain mutates to jump human to human.
That hasn't happened anywhere yet.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 05:21 PM
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this worries me that if it did hit the US (and rest of the world), that our cats could somehow become a target if there is a big outbreak and panic sets in


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