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Teeko November 12th, 2012 09:32 PM

Panleukopenia/parvovirus - arthritis in humans?
I have been fostering a cat and kittens who tested positive for panleukopenia (distemper). 3 of the 5 kittens died but I have nursed the remaining 2 back to health. A couple of weeks ago, when the mother cat also came down with an upper respiratory infection, I started feeling ill too (this is the 2nd time I got sick at the same time as my cat). I joked to my friends that I was coming down with the kitty cat flu. A few days later, one of my fingers became a bit swollen and stiff and now has a small somewhat painful lump on the joint. I went to the doctor to make sure I didn't somehow get scratched and get a bone infection. He said I have arthritis (can't remember which kind though). I have read that there is a form of parvovirus which is very similar to panleuk that can infect humans and cause arthritis. Has anyone else heard of this or had experience with it?

pbpatti November 12th, 2012 11:17 PM

Hello, just wanted you to know that I read your post and it really concerns me. I do not have any information for you but google...lots and lots of information, pretty scary to think that you may have a virus from your cat or your rescues. I would think that you need blood tests etc. Take care of yourself and please keep us posted on your wellbeing.

Barkingdog November 13th, 2012 11:23 AM

I would call your vet and ask if you can get panleukopenia from cats. I would think they would know , it would help put your mind to rest to find out . I sure hope we can't get a flu from our pets. I hope you and your cats will get better fast.


I just found this web site and it said we can't flu from dogs and cats but we can get it from birds.

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