Infection Control – Veterinary Clinic
- Because of the risk of disease transmission to their owners,
treated cats should not be sent home until clinical improvement
- Hospitalize and place in isolation, especially if there is
evidence of pneumonia.
- The duration of infectivity in treated cats has not been studied,
but cats are thought to be noninfectious after 48 hours of appropriate
antibiotic therapy with evidence of clinical improvement.
- A flea control product that kills fleas on contact, such as
fipronil, or pyrethrin, should be applied to the cat and premises.
- Every case of cat plague represents a potential risk for human
exposure and illness. Acquiring primary pneumonic plague from
cats is a particular risk for veterinarians, their assistants,
and pet owners.