Cats quarantined at Wenatchee Valley Humane Society after virus detected

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The Wenatchee Valley Human Society shelter has stopped accepting cats and offering them for adoption after a kittens at the shelter were diagnosed with panleukopenia, commonly referred to as feline distemper.

Cats at the shelter are under quarantine until at least Dec. 3 as a precautionary measure. said Dawn Davies, executive director of the humane society.

She said the highly contagious virus was detected in a litter of stray kittens that arrived at the shelter.

After the kittens showed signs of illness, one tested positive for panleukopenia.

People who recently adopted cats from the shelter are advised to watch for signs of illness that include lethargy, diarrhea, lost appetite and vomiting.

The virus is not contagious to humans or dogs.