- "Two or three cats, all of which
are still alive, have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the
disease, Hans Seitinger, the top agriculture official in Styria state,
- The above comments on live cats positive
for H5N1 are cause for concern. In the past H5N1 in Thailand was
linked to fatal infections of domestic and wild cats. These cats
were infected with the H5N1 found in Thailand. A similar strain was
used to infect laboratory cats, and cat to cat transmission was demonstrated.
- However, the H5N1 in Europe is the Qinghai
strain, which was detected a dead cat in Germany, indicating the Qinghai
version could also cause fatal infections in mammals.
- The finding of H5N1 in live cats in
Austria however raises the possibility of additional horizontal transmission
in cats and other mammals.
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