BALTIMORE (WJZ) — BARCS announced that they will be closing their intake of new cats into the shelter due to a feline panleukopenia outbreak, officials announced Tuesday.

The closure is effective immediately and will remain in place for at least two weeks when the situation will be reevaluated.

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Last week, BARCS received 133 cats from a single home in Baltimore. Today, some of the cats from that case tested positive for panleukopenia.

Panleukopenia is a highly contagious virus that mostly affects unvaccinated kittens. Panleukopenia spreads through fecal matter, urine and nasal secretions. It does not affect people or other animals.

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The remaining cats from this case are being quarantined along with any other cats exposed to them.


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CBS Baltimore Staff