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    ...From the H1N1 virus? Yes, apparently your cat can get sick. From a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Health:



    News Release





    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    11/4/09



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    Protecting Pets from Illness




    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) remind Iowans that in addition to protecting their families, friends and neighbors from the spread of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, it’s important to remember to protect family pets from the illness, as well. People who are sick with H1N1 can spread the virus not only to humans, but to some animals.



    The Departments are sharing this message following the confirmation of a case of H1N1 in an Iowa cat.



    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.



    “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.” Both the cat and its owners have recovered from their illnesses.



    People can keep their pets healthy by washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and minimizing contact with their pets while ill with influenza-like symptoms. If your pet exhibits signs of a respiratory illness, contact your veterinarian.



    “Indoor pets that live in close proximity to someone who has been sick are at risk and it is wise to monitor their health to ensure they aren’t showing signs of illness,” said Dr. David Schmitt, State Veterinarian for Iowa.



    For more information about H1N1, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/h1n1/ or call the Iowa Influenza Hotline at 1-800-447-1985.



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    Theres a similar warning here: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/h...-200904291731/

    We don't have enough vaccine here in Ireland for people, never mind pets. My boss will probably get vaccinated along with his good-for-nothing kids, his 3 dogs and 2 parrots. Meanwhile his staff will be carried out in bodybags for the brief period the emergency services are still working before complete societal breakdown.

    And no, theres not a vaccine shortage because of a socialised healthcare system. Its because most of the vaccine factories are in Britian where they have ordererd TWO doses for every man woman and child in the country. Much to the annoyance of the rest of europe, but what are we going to do? Invade?


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    Well its very rare and that was a fairly old cat and me as a health care worker I am not touching the first batch of H1N1 shots with a billion light year pole, thats a live virus vacine and with over 20 years in the medical field I dont feel it has been tested enough and has been rushed to market with many people having serious side effects.

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    My two daughters and I had "the flu" a couple weeks ago and yep, the cat got sick too. It was never confirmed as N1H1, but by looking at the symptoms and duration I'm guessing it was. We all recovered nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uska View Post
    Well its very rare and that was a fairly old cat and me as a health care worker I am not touching the first batch of H1N1 shots with a billion light year pole, thats a live virus vacine and with over 20 years in the medical field I dont feel it has been tested enough and has been rushed to market with many people having serious side effects.

    Would you like to back that up with some evidence? Otherwise you risk sounding like one of those 'alternative treatment' nutters who thinks vaccines are just as dangerous as the viruses themselves.

    Which as I'm sure you'll agree is complete pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunboatDiplomat View Post
    Would you like to back that up with some evidence? Otherwise you risk sounding like one of those 'alternative treatment' nutters who thinks vaccines are just as dangerous as the viruses themselves.

    Which as I'm sure you'll agree is complete pants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissErres View Post
    My two daughters and I had "the flu" a couple weeks ago and yep, the cat got sick too. It was never confirmed as N1H1, but by looking at the symptoms and duration I'm guessing it was. We all recovered nicely.
    The only way you can know if it was H1N1 or not is through a lab test as the type and duration of symptoms vary massively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunboatDiplomat View Post
    The only way you can know if it was H1N1 or not is through a lab test as the type and duration of symptoms vary massively.
    Yes, I understand that. Considering all variables and the fact we were exposed is what makes me think that's what it was. By no means saying it is absolute truth.
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