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Maui veterinarians are warning cat owners about deadly virus

By Noelle Fujii / nfujii@staradvertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 13, 2014

~~<p>At least three confirmed cases of a highly contagious and life-threatening feline viral disease that's rare in the islands have Maui veterinarians on alert.</p>
<p>The virus, known as feline panleukopenia, attacks cells that divide quickly, such as those in the intestines and bone marrow. It can also lower a cat's white blood cell count, leaving it vulnerable to other illnesses and infections, according to Dr. Danielle Dewey, a veterinarian at the At Home Animal Hospital, who says the disease is about 90 percent fatal to young and unvaccinated cats.</p>
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At least three confirmed cases of a highly contagious and life-threatening feline viral disease that's rare in the islands have Maui veterinarians on alert.

The virus, known as feline panleukopenia, attacks cells that divide quickly, such as those in the intestines and bone marrow. It can also lower a cat's white blood cell count, leaving it vulnerable to other illnesses and infections, according to Dr. Danielle Dewey, a veterinarian at the At Home Animal Hospital, who says the disease is about 90 percent fatal to young and unvaccinated cats. Login for more...



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