Cat adoptions at the SPCA have been closed.
Cleaners armed with fumigation, waterblasting and
steam-cleaning equipment were busy at the Otago SPCA yesterday
in a bid to kill a deadly virus which hit the facility's cat
About 40 cats came into contact with the feline panleukopenia
virus (FPV) late last month, when a stray cat infected with
the disease was brought in by a member of the public.
FPV primarily attacks the stomach lining and the bone marrow,
and symptoms include vomiting, profuse and bloody diarrhoea,
anaemia and severe dehydration.
Executive officer Sophie McSkimmings said there had been no
signs of the disease for the past three days. Cleaners were
brought in yesterday to fumigate, waterblast and steam-clean
surfaces of the room where the infected cats had been kept.
''The virus in that room has been killed. What we are going
to do as a precaution, is to clean the other rooms step by
step, just to be sure. It's a good opportunity to do it.''
The cat adoption centre has been closed and under quarantine
since the virus was detected. It was hoped it would be
reopened to the public on May 22.