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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
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
In memory of prof. Michael Day
"We are all greatly saddened at the untimely passing of our dear friend and colleague Michael Day. We treasure his input in advancing the global vaccination guidelines in pets and his gracious input in our guidelines on adverse reactions to vaccination, which have been dedicated to his memory. Thank you Michael !"
Cats and COVID-19
ABCD keeps you updated about SARS-CoV-2 and cats
At the time of writing, two cats and one tiger have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus associated with COVID-19 in humans. It has been postulated that the cats were infected from their owners who had COVID-19, and the tiger was likely infected from its keeper who, although asymptomatic, was infected with SARS-CoV-2. 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. Our new guideline “SARS-coronavirus (CoV)-2 and cats” is now available here:
A Spanish translation see here.
This new guideline will be updated regularly as new data become available. 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 food or towels.
Answers to common questions on COVID-19 and cats:
ABCD supports the 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.
23 April, 2020
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.
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