Thursday, August 19, 2004

Pacific Salmonella

An outbreak of salmonella (Salmonella spp.) among feral cats (Felis silvestris) in Eugene, Oregon has led Animal Control officials to take strong measures to prevent the bacterial infection from spreading to other cats or to humans. As reported by KVAL 13 News, traps have been set to capture the cats, which are then placed in quarantine for a week - any infected cats are being euthanized. So far almost two dozen feral cats have been destroyed. If any cats taken from the traps have identification tags, they are being returned to their owners.

Thanks to a member of the ALIENS-L listserver for posting about this story.

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