Feline Panleukopenia virus : Seven Leopard Cubs
In the last one month, seven leopard cubs at Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bengaluru have died after being infected by the feline panleukopenia virus.
- Feline Panleukopenia Virus is a highly contagious viral disease of cats.
- It is also known as Feline Distemper, which is a life-threatening infectious disease.
- It infects and kills the rapidly growing and dividing cells in the body, including cells in the bone marrow, intestines, and skin, and in a developing fetus.
- Once infected by Feline panleukopenia virus, the intestine of the animal gets completely affected.
- They develop severe diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration, which ultimately leads to death.
- It spreads faster, and the infected animal dies within four to five days.
- There is no specific treatment for feline panleukopenia.
- Dehydration is treated with aggressive intravenous fluid therapy, while clinical signs of vomiting and diarrhea are treated with prescription medications.