Humane Society cat shelter in Reno faces outbreak

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Humane Society facility in Reno is temporarily taking no cats and kittens amid a deadly virus outbreak.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported On Friday only 11 cats have died in the past three weeks from panleukopenia. More than 50 cats have become symptomatic.

Symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea and lack of appetite.

The disease is highly contagious. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, it typically affects kittens the most. It infects and kills cells in the bone marrow, intestines and unborn kittens. But vaccinated cats have a low risk of infection.

It spreads through feces but does not pose a threat to humans and dogs.

The shelter regularly welcomes more than 300 cats or kittens. But with the outbreak, the facility is simply trying to get or adopt healthy cats.