FAO calls for vigilance against the spread of bird flu in cats

Rome (EFE).- The organization’n of the United Nations for the Agriculture and Power’n (FAO) said’ today "surveillance" faced with the possibility of transmission of avian influenza virus in cats, although precis’ that there is no evidence scientificífica on the transmission’n of the virus from cats to humans.

The FAO&bath;when you’ today in a statement that "cats can become infected with the virus highly pat’geno of the H5N1 avian influenza", but until now "no evidence exists scientificífica that suggest that there has been a transmission’ve sustained the virus in cats or from cats to humans". A&bath;adi’ that, as a measure of precauci’n, the cats should be removed from poultry or wild birds, "in the areas where it has found the H5N1 virus". The organization’n of the United Nations precis’ that "it is contrary to the sacrifice of cats as a way of fighting the virus", and that its elimination’n massive "can lead to an increase of the rodents, including rats, which are an agricultural pest and often transmit diseases to humans". FAO&bath;when you’ cases of transmission of H5N1 virus among cats in Indonesia, and the record’ that already is habían produced episodes in Thailand, Iraq, Russia, the Uni’n European and Turquoiseía. The deputy director-general of FAO, Alexander Müller, highlighted wi’ that "the day’n it is worrying, not s’because cats can act as intermediaries in the propagaci’n of the virus between species, but alsoén because the develop in cats with H5N1 virus couldíto become with más ease in a strain más contagious that can’to shoot a pandemic". For his part, Peter Roeder, an expert in Animal Health of the FAO, puntualiz’ the &number;last exámenes "dan la impresi’n that cats are más bien s’what carriers the end of the virus". Roeder announcement’ for the FAO to startá field studies in areas of Java where the H5N1 virus is prevalent and where there have been deaths of cats, with the aim of investigating the role of cats in the transmission’n of the disease. EFE gcc/ah