Fatal Cat Virus Outbreak in Boston

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Image source: hkase via Flickr
Image source: hkase via Flickr

Boston cat owners should be on the lookout for fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite in their cats. These symptoms can identify panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, a potentially fatal cat virus which has been identified in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston notes that several sick cats were reported, all in the same neighborhood. The Animal Rescue League has identified that this is a panleukopenia outbreak.

Panleukopenia, or feline distemper, most commonly affects young cats and kittens. It can be prevented by simply vaccinating your cat. The Animal Rescue League will be hosting a free feline distemper vaccine clinic this Saturday in effort to encourage cat owners to vaccinate their cats.

Want to attend the clinic? It will be held at the corner of Walk Hill Street and Harvard Street from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please bring your cats in cat carriers.

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