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Virus prompts cat quarantine at Va. shelter

Monday - 8/18/2014, 8:28am  ET

LYNDHURST, Va. (AP) -- The Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center has temporarily stopped accepting cats following the death of a kitten from a virus.

The shelter imposed the 14-day quarantine on Aug. 8. No cats will be accepted while the quarantine is in effect.

Shelter director Lindsey Huffman tells The News-Virginian (http://bit.ly/1oZrkw3 ) that the quarantine is a precautionary measure. She says all of the other cats and kittens at the shelter have been vaccinated against the virus and can be adopted.

She says a kitten dropped off at the shelter on Aug. 8 died from panleukopenia.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, panleukopenia targets the intestines. The virus also damages a cat's white blood cells and immune system.

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Information from: The News-Virginian, http://www.newsvirginian.com


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