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Bird flu affecting domestic animals

As the worldwide epidemic continues, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported an outbreak of H5N1, otherwise known as bird flu, in household cats.

The outbreak involved 34 domestic cats across eight provinces in Poland. Many of the infected animals showed neurological signs such as paralysis and seizures and became severely ill or died, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The H5N1 bird flu viruses remain widespread across the globe in both domestic poultry and wild birds. While the CDC still assesses the risk to human health as low for the general public and there...

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