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WSAVA Issues Guidance on Pets and the New Coronavirus.
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has prepared an advisory document offering guidance and a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help its members when talking with pet owners concerned about the risk of infection with the new coronavirus (2019 n-CoV), following the outbreak in China.
The WSAVA’s advisory is available here: https://wsava.org/wp
Version February 9, 2020: information will be updated as it will become available
Pan-European Study on the Prevalence of the Feline Leukaemia Virus Infection – Reported by the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD Europe)
Viruses 2019, 11(11), 993; https://doi.org/10.3390/v11110993
ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim invite applications for the 2020 Young Scientist Award
The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) invites applications for the 2020 ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim Award, which aims to reward innovative and outstanding work by promising young professionals in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or applied immunology.
Candidates should have made an original contribution to the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology, which has been published or accepted for publication in a referenced journal or accepted by another assessing body in 2018 or later.
The ABCD is a scientifically independent committee whose activities have been supported by Merial/ Boehringer Ingelheim, the founding sponsor of the ABCD, and from November 2018 additionally by Virbac.
Fact Sheets and ABCD Tools
Editorial March 2020, update March 30, 2020
After we held our successful Board meeting in Nice in December, we have continued to work on our guidelines: the new “Adverse reactions to vaccination” is now available on our website, our previous guidelines Blood Transfusion in Cats, Pasteurella multocida, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Dirofilarioses, Streptococcal infections and Dermatophytosis have all been updated and we are writing new guidelines: Feline Morbillivirus (which will soon be available on the website), Vaccination and Antibody Titre Testing, Feline Respiratory Mycoplasmosis and Good Vaccination Practices. In addition, our factsheets for Chlamydia felis and Lungworm Disease and the ABCD tool “Managing FCV infections in multi-cat communities” have been updated. Our new tool “Vaccine recommendations for cats according to their lifestyle” is now available and we are now finalising new tools for the diagnosis of FeLV and FIV. However, now that Europe is the centre of the COVID-19 epidemic, our focus has been diverted and we are currently preparing a new guideline that will help vets to advise owners who are concerned about the zoonotic potential of the new coronavirus.
At the time of writing, only one cat has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus associated with COVID-19 in humans. It has been postulated that the cat was infected from its owner who had COVID-19. To date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19 to humans. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against cats or dogs that might compromise their welfare.
Given the potential for infected individuals to infect their pets, in households where people are sick with COVID-19, close contact with pet cats and dogs should be avoided. It is preferable that another member of the household without symptoms should care for the animal. If any owner with COVID-19 must continue to care for their pet while ill, they should maintain basic hygiene measures, for example washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after being near or handling their animals, their food, or their supplies, as well as avoiding kissing or licking their pets or sharing their food.
ABCD supports the earlier statements of WHO, WSAVA and Cornell Feline Health Centre, which emphasise that there is no evidence that cats or dogs could be a source of COVID-19 for humans. Pet owners should always maintain good hygiene practices and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets.
Upon a joint initiative of veterinary clinicians, scientists and an industry sponsor, the Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) has been constituted. In 2005, ABCD held its first meeting in Lyon, France. Its objectives are to communicate scientific developments in feline infectious diseases, to establish a rational base for vaccine use and for disease prevention and control in the cat and to publish its conclusions for the companion animal practitioners’ scene. It is achieving this goal by organizing conventions, at which specific issues are scheduled, discussed and agreed upon. The objective is to define a code of practice that reflects the present state of knowledge on infectious diseases of the cat.
ESCCAP (European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites) is an independent, non-profit making organisation consisting of experts in the field of parasitology and public health from across Europe.
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