Feline Herpes Outbreak Infects 30 Cats At Virginia Animal Shelter

By Matt Higgins

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (CBSDC) — A feline herpes outbreak has affected 30 cats at the Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter.

The outbreak started two weeks ago when the cats started to develop upper respiratory infections, Kristin Wilda, public information officer for the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office, told CBSDC.

“The cats were taken to the vet and they were diagnosed with the herpes virus.”

The airborne virus is not contagious to humans or other animals, but the disease is not curable for cats.

Wilda told CBSDC that 14 of the infected cats have found new homes. If the remaining 16 don’t get adopted by Feb. 5, they will be euthanized early next week.

“We are hoping kind-hearted people will come forward,” Wilda told CBSDC.

The shelter has not been able to accept any more cats due to the outbreak and it must be disinfected and cleaned daily for no less than 30 days to make sure that the virus is no longer present.

Symptoms of feline herpes include sneezing, congestion and watery eyes. The disease is most commonly spread through contact with discharge from an infected cat’s eyes, mouth or nose.

  • Will

    Well, someone’s been getting laid.

  • Daniel Carpenter

    Dammit, Fritz

  • Endoxa52

    C’mon D.C. Go get a kitty so they won’t be put to sleep!

  • Mat Bacon

    Virginia? Herpes? Has anyone seen Ron Mexico lately?

  • arob

    so this is a problem how? sounds like a solution to me; herpes equals less cats.

  • Vet

    Herpes equals less arobs too

  • Cinnamon

    Every creature has a right to live….you are all cruel and callous.

  • JJ Walker

    90%+ of cats have herpes – they get it very young from their mothers/other Some say that every cat has herpes unless proven innocent but most will never show signs. It lies dormant in the trigeminal nerve and the cat might never become clinical. But stress can trigger this disease to come about, just as with stress triggering an outbreak in a human. It is not sexually transmitted. This outbreak is not unusual for a shelter. But it does cause all of these signs, which can lead to other problems in the kitties, and it is contagious. It typically won’t kill them, though. Not directly, at least. Ok, I’m done.

  • Melissa Klein

    Has anyone thought to try using Lysine powder, which works in humans as well as cats?! A simple fix, possibly…It can be ordered in a large container, is very cheap, and you simple sprinkle some regulary in their water source. This should be standard prevention in any household or “shelter” with large #’s of cats.

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