LONG BEACH, Calif. – Over the course of the last month, 12 shelter cats at the Long Beach Animal Care Services have died from the extremely contagious Feline Panleukopenia Virus. It’s important to note that there are still hundreds of perfectly healthy cats available for adoption at the center in Long Beach, California.
Feline Panleukopenia Virus cannot spread to other species, including humans. It’s highly contagious among cats, though, and the virus can live outside the body for some time.
Young kittens are the most susceptible, particularly those who aren’t fully vaccinated. The FPV vaccine is considered a core vaccine for all cats, and most versions remain effective from 1-3 years. The Feline Panleukopenia vaccine is often combined with other vaccines in the form of FVRCP.
The virus is primarily spread through fecal matter, so immune-compromised cats should be kept away from places where other cats may have been. Aside from vaccinating, stringent cleanliness protocols are the best way to prevent contamination.
Symptoms of the disease include diarrhea, vomiting, stumbling, and/or confusion. Cats suspected of contracting FPV should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.