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Animal Care Facility temporarily halts acceptance of surrendered or seized cats

Publish on 10 Feb 2017 All suburbs Airds, Ambarvale, Bardia, Blair Athol, Blairmount, Bow Bowing, Bradbury, Campbelltown, Claymore, Denham Court, Eagle Vale, Englorie Park, Eschol Park, Gilead, Glen Alpine, Glenfield, Gregory Hills, Holsworthy, Ingleburn, Kearns, Kentlyn, Leumeah, Long Point, Macquarie Fields, Macquarie Links, Menangle Park, Minto, Minto Heights, Mount Annan, Raby, Rosemeadow, Ruse, St Andrews, St Helens Park, Varroville, Wedderburn, Woodbine, Woronora Dam,

The Campbelltown Animal Care Facility will not be accepting stray or surrendered cats until further notice.

In response to an outbreak of the highly contagious feline panleukopenia virus (cat parvovirus) in the Greater Western Sydney area, Campbelltown Animal Care Facility has temporarily halted the acceptance of surrendered or seized cats to protect the health of its resident cats and kittens.

The virus does not currently exist at Council's Animal Care Facility.

Following the lead of other animal shelters, including the Animal Welfare League and RSPCA, this precaution has been enacted to help ensure infection control and quarantine our current feline residents.  

All currently housed cats and kittens will be vaccinated against the disease, and will be available for adoption.

An update on the situation will be provided via this website in coming days.

What is feline panleukopenia?

The term panleukopenia means a decrease in the number of all of the white blood cells in the body. White blood cells play a major role in immunity and are important in defending against infections and diseases. This makes an affected cat extremely vulnerable to other infections.

What is the cause?

Feline Panleukopenia (FPL) is caused by a virus of the parvovirus family known as Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPLV). A similar but distinct virus causes parvovirus disease in dogs. Parvoviruses are extremely tough viruses.

How is infection transmitted?

The virus is present in all excretions, particularly the faeces, of infected cats. A susceptible cat can be infected by direct contact with an infected cat, or the virus can transferred via contaminated water, feed bowls, or on shoes and clothing.

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