Cat Caught Swine Flu: Report

Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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Cat Caught Swine Flu: Report

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Researchers in Northern California have confirmed that a Los Angeles housecat had the H1N1 virus, according to a published report.

The cat, an 8-year old female shorthair, had been sneezing and was suffering from nasal discharge and the occasional cough, according to the report Thursday in the Sacramento Bee.

Researchers at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Lab at the University of California, Davis, told health officials in Los Angeles that the cat did in fact have the swine flu and may have contracted it from her owner after spending a lot of time in her owner's lap.

For more information on this story, read the full article in the Sacramento Bee.

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