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AVIAN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK IN A GROUP OF CATS AT THE ANIMAL CARE CENTER IN MANHATTAN

Recently over 40 cats from the Animal Care Center in Manhattan (326 East 110 Street) were diagnosed with avian influenza A, H7N2. It is not known how these cats became infected with the virus but they were showing signs of respiratory disease such as sneezing, nasal discharge, decreased appetite, eye discharge and lethargy. The dogs at the ACC have tested negative.

Because this is the first time avian influenza has been documented in cats, there is no information about the clinical course of this virus in cats. So far no human infections with this virus have been detected in association with these cats. However, two human infections have been documented with the H7N2 virus in 2002 and 2003. They were not associated with cats.

If you recently adopted a cat from the Animal Care Center in Manhattan and the cat has any kind of respiratory disease or lethargy, please contact us immediately.


LEPTOSPIROSIS ALERT

We want to keep your pets as healthy as possible so we ask that you take a moment and please read this alert.

Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is spread in the urine of rats, mice, raccoons and infected dogs. It causes sudden kidney and/or liver failure in dogs that is life threatening. Leptospirosis is one of the few diseases that can be contagious to humans. Unfortunately, there are large populations of rats in New York City which can harbor this deadly bacteria. Due to the danger this disease poses to dogs and their owners, we are advising that all dogs be vaccinated for leptospirosis. Please check your dog's vaccination records and make sure she/he is vaccinated against leptospirosis.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have or to vaccinate your pets against this pathogen. Please contact us at 212-274-1700 to make an appointment or if you have any questions.