More than a dozen possible cases of feline panleukopenia, a highly contagious and potentially fatal viral disease, has cat owners upset over the death of their cats and led an animal shelter to quarantine dozens of cats and kittens.
Three Gans residents said they unknowingly took home cats and kittens infected with the disease from the shelter. They said some of those kittens have died and spread the disease to their cats, which also died.
Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, is caused by feline parvovirus and attacks body cells, making cats susceptible to bacterial infections and other complications. Infection occurs when cats come in contact with blood, urine, fecal material, nasal secretions or fleas from infected cats. Infected kittens younger than 16-weeks-old have a 25 percent survival rate, while older cats may show no symptoms and have a greater chance of survival with treatment. It is not transmittable to people.