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Plague  Lesson 7
 Veterinarian Issues

Infection Control Animal Owners

  • Owners of cats with suspected plague should be advised to consult their physician and local or state health department.
  • Animal owners should be advised on the following precautions:
    • Confine pets as much as possible.
    • Apply a flea control product to reduce the risk of transporting infected fleas into homes.
    • Cats and other mammalian pets should not share sleeping areas with family members.
    • All ill animals, especially cats, should be seen by a veterinarian.
  • In the event of an intentional plague release, it would also be advised that cats and animals stay indoors while environmental assessment is undertaken.
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  • Content source: CDC Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
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