My sister has just rescued a cat with cat flu . I`m 37 weeks pregnant and my husband is worried incase humans can catch it. Does anyone know if they can?
Hi folks. Can I just point out that Cat Flu is not a virus. It is not in any way connected to the influenza virus. Cat flu is a only term used to describe a disease caused by one, or several pathogens. It is in no way harmful to human beings. Take care and "Respect the Cat" :-)
Real cat flu IS a virus, but not one that's transmissible to humans. All sorts of species have their own flu bugs, and one cause of the flu pandemics we get every so often is a flu virus managing to jump species - remember the fuss about bird flu? But it jumps very rarely, and cat flu doesn't pose a health risk to humans. You and your baby are completely safe.
However because you're pregnant, your husband should clean the litter box due to the very low risk of Taxoplasmosis. Note though that your risk for this is much higher from undercooked meat than it is from cat feces. See this article. http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/pregnant.htm
And the only way to get it from a cat is fecal oral, in other words you poop poop in your mouth or an open wound by accident. If you don't change the litter this can't happen.