Cats and H5N1 Virus

Stray cat - Who's not willing to leave us

News is H5N1 Avian Influenza virus or famously known as Bird Flu Virus is back in country and town … and this time they think CATS are at Risk of catching this virus too.

Islamabad, like many pother cities in Pakistan, is full of cats. Cats of all colours can be seen roaming around in streets, lawns, around eating places, Food Park and even in your homes.

Now, FAO has recommended that places with bird flu virus should take steps to clear cats from that vicinity as a precautionary measure until the danger has passed. But the recommendation is against KILLING CATS as a virus control option, since it can lead to various other problems too. Interestingly, to the moment, there is no scientific evidence suggesting any sustained transmission of the virus in cats or from cats to humans.

Cat removal can cause problems such as a surge in rodents (e.g., rats – an agricultural pest) that are known to transmit diseases to humans.

Well, I’m sure our government won’t take any notice of this FO statement so go and cuddle your cat … if you don’t own one … pour some milk in a bowl and place it outside your door – in two days time you’ll be a cat owner in Islamabad.

1 Comment so far

  1. Nosheen (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    catsi is not happy with this. :)



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