liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,

Cats can get Swine Flu from their People

We can give the H1N1 flu to our feline friends! If you have a kitty, wash your hands before you say hello with petting! The first case was in Iowa but now it has happened in Oregon and elsewhere.

Companion animals have been known to contract flu from other species — canine influenza (H3N8) originated in horses, and cats contract avian influenza (H5N1) from eating birds. But this appears to be the first time a cat has contracted influenza from a human. Two pet ferrets, one in Oregon and one in Nebraska, have also tested positive for H1N1, and the virus has also been transmitted between humans and pigs.
Tags: cats, flu, microbes, pets, public health, viruses

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