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updated: 8/22/2014 6:48 AM

Wisconsin shelter pauses cat adoptions after virus

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RACINE, Wis. -- Cat adoptions will be temporarily suspended at the Wisconsin Humane Society shelter in Racine after four cats tested positive for a contagious and often fatal disease.

The Journal Times reports cat adoptions will resume Sept. 2. A Wisconsin Humane society spokeswoman says adoptions of dogs and other animals won't be affected because the disease is only transmissible to cats.

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The four cats that tested positive were euthanized or have died from the disease, called feline panleukopenia (pan-loo-kah-PEE'-nee-ah) virus. The 120 cats at the Racine shelter will be tested for antibodies and observed.

The Wisconsin Humane Society last saw a case of the virus in 2012 in Milwaukee. It is advising people who recently adopted cats to look for signs of the virus including lethargy, vomiting and loss of appetite.

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