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New strain of FCV Calicivirus

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
If you are not already aware, there is a new mutated strain of the Calicivirus that is a virtual death sentence for cats and especially kittens.

The traditional calicivirus that we all immunize for is not usually fatal, but this mutated virus has a significantly higher mortality rate.

It's highly contagious and is reported to kill healthy cats in 24 to 48 hours and will infect cats that have been Vax'd against the traditional strain. (FCV)

The new strain is indentified as VS-FCV.

There have been reported deaths in my state, in Rocky Mount, NC and Wilmington, NC.

Ask your Vet about the new vaccine that is available now through Fort Dodge Animal Health.

Clinical signs of infection by this new strain are:

High Fever
Facial and limb edema
Ulceration and hair loss on the face, muzzle and feet
Organ dysfunction

I am having my entire cattery Vax'd against this next week, as soon as my Vet has the Vaccine on hand. He's very worried about this, because if even one cat comes into his clinic and is positive for the new strain, his whole clinic has to be disinfected to prevent transmission to other patients.
post #2 of 26
How scary. Thanks for the information.
post #3 of 26
WOW ,.... This is scary ... I will ask my vet about this
post #4 of 26
OMG You know what??? There is just WAYYY too many things out there that cats can get...WAY too many..and now I am ultra-paranoid about even getting another one.

OMG. How can I even say that yet when Ash isn't even gone yet??
post #5 of 26
wow!!! thankyou for the heads up!! that is really scarry! do you have any links or other info on it i could read up on?? i wonder if it's hit tennessee yet. uhhh we are constantly getting animals into our shelter- it's sooo hard to make sure they don't all have something.
post #6 of 26
Argh! Hopefully, it stays away from MN!!
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
wow!!! thankyou for the heads up!! that is really scarry! do you have any links or other info on it i could read up on?? i wonder if it's hit tennessee yet. uhhh we are constantly getting animals into our shelter- it's sooo hard to make sure they don't all have something.
Here are a few links:

http://www.sheltermedicine.com/portal/is_vs_fcv.shtml

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/...rus/index.html

http://www.vetpathology.org/cgi/content/full/41/3/257

http://dvm.adv100.com/dvm/article/ar....jsp?id=408460



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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Argh! Hopefully, it stays away from MN!!
It's been reported nationwide and in the UK, so it could turn up anywhere. Since it's recently been so close to home for me, I have to be pro-active now.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
i wonder if it's hit tennessee yet.

Yes. When we went to see our cat-only vet in Nashville in April, they had just seen half a dozen or so cats come in with it. What is really scary to me is that most of the kitties were indoor cats. All of the kitties died within 48 hours. He said it was like "a feline ebola," very quick and deadly.
post #9 of 26
This is REALLY scary!! My vet mentioned something about a new disease that is deadly not too long ago: I think this may be it! I'm getting so paranoid about all the cat diseases that seem to be becoming more frequent that I'm afraid to adopt any more. And we have about eight strays that we feed, and have been seriously thinking about taking in two of them who have become quite tame now. But now I'm not too sure I want to take a chance. Who knows what they might have come in contact with?? One of them already coughs & wheezes, and also has pussy eyes sometimes. I sure don't want to infect the cats I already have: we've had enough problems recently as it is...

I getting to the point where I'm absolutely terrified of having cats, b/c it's getting to be so dangerous w/ all the cat diseases floating around. I get so darned attached to them, and then am heartbroken when anything happens. :censor::censor::censor: is going on???

Thanks for sharing the information!

~KK~
post #10 of 26
This story was on a local news station last night. I do not live in the county with the largest problem, but I'm trying to decide if it would be worth while to have my cats vaccinated?? If I didn't volunteer at a shelter I wouldn't worry, but it scares me a little.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/8423572.html
post #11 of 26
yeah it is scarry...
post #12 of 26
Thread Starter 
This isn't something to fool around with. I already got all my cats Vax'd for it.

I posted awhile back about this, here's the thread:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=129265
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
It's been reported nationwide and in the UK, so it could turn up anywhere. Since it's recently been so close to home for me, I have to be pro-active now.
I've read about this mutated form, but didn't realize it had turned up in the UK. Now it's just a matter of time before it reaches the Continent.

I've merged these threads, so that more people are aware of the danger.
post #14 of 26
Yep my 4 are going on Saturday to be vacinated. I'm concerned because it showed up here in a shelter, and I know how people looking for animals make the rounds to differnt shelters. It would be devistating to have this in our shelter, but even worse if I brought it home. So I decided it was better to be safe than sorry.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
I am having my entire cattery Vax'd against this next week, as soon as my Vet has the Vaccine on hand. He's very worried about this, because if even one cat comes into his clinic and is positive for the new strain, his whole clinic has to be disinfected to prevent transmission to other patients.
Thanks for the warning! Would your vet come out to your place to do the vaccinations? Some vets still make house calls!
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
Clinical signs of infection by this new strain are:

High Fever
Facial and limb edema
Ulceration and hair loss on the face, muzzle and feet
Organ dysfunction
that symptom i highlighted is how Pixel's herpes flare-ups present... i'd be likely to suspect that 1st, which could be very bad!
i'll be asking about this next week at the vet's.
post #17 of 26
A good friend of mine just lost her 7 year old cat to this. She now has to cleanse her entire home from top to bottom and hope she can kill this virus. I hear that Pet Smart has a disinfectant that is helpful by Brampton.
post #18 of 26
Since there has been an outbreak at a shelter not that far from us, our director has orderd the vacinations and all the cats at the shelter will be vacinated.
post #19 of 26
My understanding is every confirmed outbreak has been a unique strain to that outbreak. It is not a case of one new strain spreading through the country. The new vaccine may not provide protection against new outbreaks because the new outbreak will be a new mutation. For those reasons the vaccine is not recommended for widespread use.
post #20 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kitytize View Post
My understanding is every confirmed outbreak has been a unique strain to that outbreak. It is not a case of one new strain spreading through the country. The new vaccine may not provide protection against new outbreaks because the new outbreak will be a new mutation. For those reasons the vaccine is not recommended for widespread use.
That's interesting. That's not what my Vet said. Can you provide links to documentation of this? I'd like to read that for myself.
post #21 of 26
I am going to PM you.
post #22 of 26
Well mine all went to the vet this morning. Before the vet would give anyone a vacination she asked if I worked at a shelter. When i said yes, she said OK. She stated that it is not recommended for wide usuage in all cats, but rather for those at higher risk. She said because of my work at the shelter my cats are at a higher risk. She also said that one of the vet techs at the clinic lost both of her cat to this. She did say because it is new and was developed on one strain they are not positive it will work for all, but that in my case it is worth doing. Also, this is one of the vacines with a slightly increased risk of side affects including injection site carcanomas. So my vet give it in the rear leg just like every other vacine they give. They have to go back in a month for a booster. So that's the info I got from my vet today.
post #23 of 26
Thanks for that info. My two kittens are being vaccinated next week along with Lucy and Chico. I'll speak to my vet about this.
post #24 of 26
Just a quick update. My Maggie did end up having a slight reaction on Saturday night. So needless to say I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. She got the shot around 11 - 11:30 AM & around 8:30 PM I noticed that all the boys were up, but that she was still sleeping. I picked her up & she was warm and she cried a very strange cry. So I took her temp and it was around 104 & she was taking short rapid breaths. So I called the vet & he told me I could give her some Benedryl. He also said that 104 wasn't horrible, but that it would probably be good to try to get it down. I also had to watch for panting, wheezing or her temp going up any more. If that had happend, I would have had to take her to the e-vet. Luckily the Benedryl worked like a charm & she was fine by morning. So when she goes to get the booster I need to give her the Benedryl before hand. I'm not recommending anyone do that. I'm just recommending you know exactly what type of reactions happen and what to do. So 1 out of my 4 had a reaction of some sort.
post #25 of 26

My son recently adopted a 2 year old cat from a shelter who I had been following for a month.  He appeared in perfect health.  He had been vaccinated.  Within two days he became ill.  We found what looked like a bite on his tail, took him to the vet, got antibiotics and went home.  He became sicker.  Was hospitalized for two days on fluids and tube feeding, also ran a fever of 105.  The bite turned out to be an ulcer, and another small one came out on his nose.

He rallied again and they sent him home.  We kept him isolated from our other cats the whole time in a closed room.  He developed tongue and mouth ulcers and his paws blew up to 3 times their size and wept yellow liquid from the top and got crusty.  By this time the vet started to suspect virulent calicivirus and put him in isolation.  He died a day later.  Because we didn't wash our clothes and hands in bleach, we have another cat who is ill and hospitalized in isolation.  A necropsy was done and the answer was virulent systemic calicivirus, as we had suspected.

This is a horrific disease.  Most shelters have cats that shed the virus.  Vaccination is no protection. If you work at a shelter, make sure your clothes are bleached in hot water to avoid

exposing your cats.  Wash your hands in bleach or betadine.  We did everything right and have one dead cat, one seriously ill cat, and two that have to stay in rooms apart until we are sure they are not shedding the virus.  Not to mention the heartache and thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Here is a new link that might be of help if you are fighting this disease:  http://abcd-vets.org/guidelines/guidelines_pdf/1201-FCV_Guideline.pdf
 

post #26 of 26

So sorry for your loss Marti, hope your other cat pulls through

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