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Plague  Lesson 7
 Veterinarian Issues

A Detailed Look The Domestic Feline

  • In a study of naturally occurring plague in cats by Eidson in 1991, 53 percent of cats had bubonic plague, 8 percent were septicemic, and 10 percent had plague pneumonia. In 29 percent of the cats, the form of illness was unknown but was presumed to be septicemic.
  • An intentional airborne release of plague might result in cases of primary pneumonic plague among exposed feral cats. Animal shelters and animal control programs should be alerted in the event of a release.
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Feline Plague by Syndrome

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Feline plague by syndrome, 10% Pneumonic, 53% Bubonic, 29% Unknown, and 8% Septicemic. (Click image to enlarge.)

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