New case of cat virus found in upcountry Maui

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The Maui Humane Society (MHS) is reporting that another case of feline panleukopenia has been confirmed in Kula, not far from the original case, but outside of what was originally considered the “hot zone.”

Because of that, it seems likely that the virus has started to spread throughout the island.

Maui cat owners are encouraged to vaccinate their cats as soon as possible. Even if pet cats do not go outside, the virus can still be spread via humans tracking on their shoes, clothing, etc.

Cat-to-cat contact is not necessary to spread the disease.

The cat that was confirmed positive was vaccinated about 17 days prior to falling ill. Based on the normal incubation period for panleukopenia, the Humane Society suspects that he was vaccinated just a few days before being exposed to the virus.

Although this wasn’t enough time to fully protect him from the disease, it probably did give him a better chance at survival, and unlike most cats that succumb to the virus, he is doing well and expected to survive with supported care from his veterinarian.

The Maui Humane Society will be holding three vaccination clinics at the shelter, beginning on Saturday, July 5, and again on July 12 and July 19, from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Clinics will be held in the MHS Modular building behind the main shelter building. Cost is by donation.

These clinics are meant tame cats. Cats and kittens should be at least six weeks old and all cats should be transported in secure carriers.

For everyone’s safety, cats in improper carriers will not be accepted. Carriers are available for rent from MHS and cardboard carriers can be purchased at the shelter ahead of time for $10.

Feral cats should not be brought to these vaccine clinics. Please call MHS for vaccination options for feral cats.

For the latest updates and information, please see Maui Humane Society’s website at www.MauiHumaneSociety.org and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MauiHumaneSociety, or call MHS at (808) 877-3680, ext. 23.

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