Cat To Human Flu Infection

July 19th, 2018 at 10:21 am EST
Hello Friend,

A cheery Thursday to you and ALL your furry creatures :-)

Today's article covers a recent journal report of a veterinarian aquiring the flu from a cat..

Very unsual- and as most of you are not working with cats actively having the flu, you are at a pretty low risk

Part of the point though is letting you know that there is the occasional risk of zoonotic disease - ie disease passed from animals to people.

It's good top be aware of.

But also be aware that it is EXTREMELY unlikely

Generally the big issue is how to prevent and in some cases holistically treat the Cat Flu in the 1st place

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Cat-to-Human H7N2 Infection

There was a large influenza outbreak in cats in a New York animal shelter.

The strain involved in this outbreak was an H7N2 avian influenza virus that had been identified in birds and a small number of humans in the early 2000s

The was a veterinarian who had collected samples from clinically normal cats at the shelter during the outbreak and subsequently developed influenza-like illness (eg, sore throat, muscle pain, cough).

When the virus was sequenced, human and feline isolates were found to be closely related to H7N2 strains that had been circulating in birds in the northeastern United States in the early 2000s. 

Although H7N2 is considered an avian influenza strain, feline and human isolates had changes in their genomes that enhanced the ability of the virus to attach to the mammalian respiratory tract and increase the risk for intramammal transmission. 

Although this strain had not been identified in the United States between the early 2000s and 2016, the genetic changes (ie, drift) present as compared with older strains suggest that it has continued to circulate, likely in wild birds.


H2N2 is considered the Bird Flu

Jumped species

Infected some cats

Which infected a Veterinarian

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P.S. Chances of you contacting anything from your pets is nearly ZERO.

Yes it can happen, and it's important to be aware of it.

Don't let small children eat dog and cat feces

Rabies is infectious, fatal to people- so try and not get bit by a rabid bat..

That all being said, the risk is infintesimal-- as in teeny tiny.

If something changes, I'll let you know

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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