Ask Dr. Richards

December 2005 Issue

Ask Dr. Richards: 12/05

Can my cats get the flu from me, or can I get the flu from my cats?

The short answer is no. None of the currently known strains of flu (influenza) virus are transmissible between cats and people. But influenza viruses are by nature very changeable, so the longer answer is a touch more complex. At the end of this column Ill suggest a safeguard to prevent cats from becoming infected (although it would be

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