Well, you know? German are known to be very strict.
A jump like these to pets happened already in Asia. It seems that Germany is the focus of it and I would say there is a high probability for it to
spread from there...
No need to worry, article 2004
In 2004 an article mentioned not to worry about cats having Avian Influenza and added that a cloud leopard had died in a Zoo (in Thai) of the virus
causing bird flu. (the first mammal) Besides, they also mentioned that a white tiger affected earlier by the disease had recovered.
On the other hand, in relation with this previous mentioned information, Thijs Kuiken and colleagues at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the
Netherlands, did the study after the three cats and the zoo leopard living in Thailand who were confirmed in February 2004 to have died of H5N1 and
mentioned: “Cats have never been observed to get sick from flu infection before,” Kuiken told New Scientist.
According to the previous mentioned link:
The team infected three laboratory cats with H5N1 taken from a human case in Vietnam. All got very sick with flu symptoms, and post mortems showed
they had the same lung damage as people.
The results mean pet cats might give people H5N1 after eating one of the many wild birds or poultry still infected across East Asia. But more worrying
than cats spreading the existing virus, says Kuiken, is how cats might change its evolution.
And we should not worry about it?
Just look around in the web, you will find many information with regard to domestic cats getting the Avian
Influenza and the importance of it...
I honestly think it is NOT a good news that domestic cats can get the virus, as Tigers, etc.
It shows that H5N1 is able to infect other species. Many of us live with cats, others have cats in their surroundings. What about Zoos?
And do not forget those lovely parks where you usually have a walk with your family and feeds the birds...
This is more important than we ever thought.
Don´t you think so?
you cannot miss reading the following link: