Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) has been detected at the Long Beach Animal Care Services Shelter (ACS) within the last 10 days, city officials said last week in a release.
In order to contain the spread of the disease, ACS staff is implementing measures that will protect the population of cats currently in their care, primarily keeping the animals exposed to the disease in quarantine. Vaccinating animals upon intake is already a standard procedure.
ACS also has reached out to other local agencies including Best Friends, Stray Cat Alliance, L.A. City Animal Services, Kern County Animal Services, Riverside County Animal Services and experienced cat rescue organizations and veterinarians to assist in containment and management of this disease, the release said.
Cat owners should verify with their veterinarian that their pets are up to date on their vaccines, the ACS warns, as well as avoid bringing their cats to the shelter to help prevent spreading the disease.