Stopping Deadly Virus at Alachua County Animal Services
ALACHUA COUNTY - A kitten has died after testing positive for a virus commonly found in animal shelters.
The name of the virus is Panleukopenia.
A group with the University of Florida was called in to do testing at Alachua County Animal Services to see if any other cats in the shelter have the virus.
Dr. Julie Levy says the virus can be easily spread among kittens in such tigh quarters.
"I think of a shelter as cruise ship where there are lots of people and a virus can spread rapidly," Levy said. "It is the same thing at a shelter, we have lots of cats here."
Animal Services is currently not accepting not adopting out in any animals until the results are back.
They tell us if you have adopted any cats from the shelter within the last week to have them evaluated just in case.
The virus cannot be contracted by humans.
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