Wednesday, July 11, 2007
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
(414) 431-6104 email@example.com
NO Cats at Wisconsin Humane Society Infected by Deadly Virus
Several cats at one area shelter have fallen ill due to a mutant strain of the Feline Calicivirus. However, the Wisconsin Humane Society has seen no cases of the mutated virus in any of their feline guests. WHS regularly vaccinates against the traditional Calicivirus and has taken precautions to prevent transmission of the mutated virus to cats at the shelter.
WHS Veterinarians suggest that cat guardians contact their own veterinarians regarding the decision to vaccinate. Your cat is virtually at no risk if he or she has been kept indoors and away from other infected cats. Your cat could contract the virus if people who come in contact with your cat have been exposed to infected cats or their environment.
More information about this particular strain of the Calicivirus can be found on the shelter medicine web site at www.sheltermedicine.com and by searching for Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus in the search box. The site includes information about the disease, vaccines and frequently asked questions.
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A WHS Veterinarian will be available to speak with the media regarding the Calicivirus. Please call Angela Speed at 431-6104 to schedule an appointment.