Virus prompts cat quarantine at Va. shelter

LYNDHURST, Va. (AP) — The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center has temporarily stopped accepting cats following the death of a kitten from a virus.

The shelter imposed the 14-day quarantine on Aug. 8. No cats will be accepted while the quarantine is in effect.

Shelter director Lindsey Huffman tells The News-Virginian ( ) that the quarantine is a precautionary measure. She says all of the other cats and kittens at the shelter have been vaccinated against the virus and can be adopted.

She says a kitten dropped off at the shelter on Aug. 8 died from panleukopenia.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, panleukopenia targets the intestines. The virus also damages a cat's white blood cells and immune system.


Information from: The News-Virginian,

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