Researchers say Fatal Cat Disease May Have a Cure

7 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, June 30 2011 Jun 30, 2011 Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:27:00 PM CDT June 30, 2011 in News
By: Meena May

COLUMBIA - Cytauxzoonosis, more commonly known as Bobcat Fever, has been making its way into the homes of Missourians.  University of Missouri veterinarians, Dr. Leah Cohn and Kristin Lewis have been trying to find a cure for the disease.

Lewis said the disease used to be considered fatal once a cat contracted it, but there are some cases that have been treated with a combination of therapy and medication. "Before people had no expectation of survival, but the numbers of cats we have tested with it and given treatment have seen a great improvement," said Lewis.

Cats can contract the disease from tick bites.  The most reported cases are from regions with heavy wooded areas.  Last summer, Missouri reported 30 cases.  Lewis said this is a disease that many people are unaware of, and her advice is to take preventative measures.  She recommends using a good tick medication and repellent.

The disease only affects cats, but there has been one reported case of it found in a tiger. If your cat shows symptoms, you should bring them to a vet immediately.  The disease is fast paced and doctors say it can only take five days to be fatal.

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