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Friday, January 22, 2016

Cats Can't Spread Eubola

Gray Cat in the Grass
© Marilyn Gould
Dreamstime.com
In case you've been worrying about this, you won't get Ebola from your cat.

"At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or animals," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website.

During an Ebola outbreak in Gabon in 2001-2002, researchers tested the blood of more than 200 dogs and found Ebola antibodies in some of them. But none of the dogs ever showed symptoms of Ebola or got sick. Researchers speculate the antibodies developed after the dogs ate the remains of dead animals who had been infected. Both fruit bats and primates are susceptible to Ebola.

In the US, the CDC says, the only way a cat could contract Ebola would be to have contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who was already sick from the disease. And even then, the CDC adds, "at this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals."

Phew... that's good news!

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