Pets, humans may contract H1N1

07/21/2010 | Medscape (free registration)

A recent analysis indicated that samples taken from four ferrets and two cats tested positive for H1N1 and that the animals may have contracted the virus from symptomatic humans. "Medical professionals need to be aware of the [reverse] zoonotic potential of this virus and recommend safety precautions to minimize spread to and from companion animals," one veterinarian said. The AVMA also offers recommendations to help curb H1N1.

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