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Alachua County Animal Resources closed for cat intake

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County Animal Resources will need to pause all cat intakes for the next seven days out of an abundance of caution due to a feline panleukopenia outbreak in kittens at the facility.

“We truly want to ensure the health and wellbeing of our feline population, and by closely monitoring that population, we hope to re-open cat intakes quickly by taking these extra steps now,” said Julie Johnson, Animal Resources Director.

Feline distemper, also known as feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) or feline parvo, can be a fatal disease in cats. It is also called cat fever, cat plague, feline agranulocytosis, and feline infectious enteritis.

While all cats are at risk for contracting FPV, young kittens, immunocompromised cats, and unvaccinated cats are at greater risk.

“Vaccination is the best measure of prevention to guard against this highly contagious disease,” said Julie Johnson.

Learn more about Alachua County Animal Resources.

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