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Are cats that prey on deer mice, a natural resevour of Hanta

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Are cats that prey on deer mice, a natural resevour of Hanta Virus, are they at risk of getting sick from that virus?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 3 months ago.

Hi! I'mCustomerand I can help with your question.

According to CDC, cats can get infected by Hantavirus but cannot spread it to anybody else. It's a dead-end infection.

They CAN bring the virus into your home via rodents they catch and bring in, however.

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 3 months ago.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2817764/

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 3 months ago.

A much bigger concern with cats, and an important reason to always control fleas aggressively, is PLAGUE.

Cats can and do get plague and die of it. A cat famously gave a veterinarian pneumonic plague several years ago and she barely lived to tell about it.

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 3 months ago.

Please let me know if you have any further questions about this or need clarification.

I love zoonoses and veterinary public health but didn't honestly know that cats actually could get infected with Hanta. I knew they weren't vectors is all.

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 3 months ago.

Please let me know if you have any further questions about this or need clarification.

I love zoonoses and veterinary public health but didn't honestly know that cats actually could get infected with Hanta. I knew they weren't vectors is all.

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 3 months ago.

Oops, dupe!

Here's a JAMA article from 1994 about it.

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=380325

Dogs also can develop antibodies to it, but neither dogs nor cats become symptomatic from Hanta.

Expert:  CalCatDoc replied 3 months ago.

I will be around for a while yet this afternoon and evening if you have any more questions.