Discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing and sore eyes associated with conjunctivitis are common signs. Feline herpesvirus, in particular can lead to persistent infections which do not fully resolve, which lead to recurrent and painful eye complications.
Density of Reports
The map shows the density of confirmed cases of cat flu for the past three years.
This is not necessarily an indication of what areas the disease is more prevalent in, as the data captured by these labs is likely to be a small proportion of the suspected number of cats that might be affected by the disease.
This is, however, an indication that this disease is present in the UK and if vaccination rates drop, we are likely to see an increase in the number of cats being affected by this dangerous disease.
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The map shows the relative proportion of PCR-confirmed feline calicivirus cases by region, submitted to SAVSNET-participating veterinary diagnostic laboratories over the last 3 years. Grey regions are areas where no data is available. The data underlying these charts is supplied by SAVSNET at the University of Liverpool (www.liverpool.ac.uk/savsnet). All charts and interpretations are those of MSD Animal Health.
How is it spread?
Infection is spread between infected cats either by close contact such as sneezing or mutual grooming or via contact with objects in the environment which become contaminated by discharges. Many cats that are infected subsequently become “carriers”, able to transmit the disease on to other cats for weeks, months and sometimes permanently.
Prevention and Control
The risk of developing cat 'flu can be significantly reduced by regular vaccination. Both cat flu viruses which are present in core vaccine for cats. In addition, catteries should ensure as far as possible that the opportunities for spread of infection are minimized by ensuring excellent hygiene and biosecurity, good ventilation and housing which minimizes the risk of transmission.