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Old November 12th, 2012, 09:32 PM
Teeko Teeko is offline
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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?
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Old November 12th, 2012, 11:17 PM
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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.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 11:23 AM
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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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