As of January, 300 thousand cats died in Southern Cyprus due to FIP disease, which worries cat owners and causes fatal consequences. There is concern about the spread of FIP, a type of virus, to other regions. So what is FIP disease, what are its symptoms and treatment methods? Details are here.
FIP caused the death of 300,000 cats in Southern Cyprus and spread to Turkey, Israel and Lebanon as well as Southern Cyprus.Veterinarian Tamer Dodurka pointed out that environmental factors are effective in the spread of FIP in Southern Cyprus.
WHAT IS FIP DISEASE?
FIP disease is the evolution of the coronavirus in cats’ bodies to FIP by mutating. Dodurka said the following on the subject; “It can spread to the liver, intestines, abdominal cavity. The Corona virus that we know has mutated in the cat body and transformed into FIP. It can be summarized as the body’s self-harm by perceiving it as a foreign substance and showing excessive immunity. That is, this excessive reaction, excessive cytokine secretion, excessive inflammation spreads and vascular It causes inflammation. Since the integrity of the vein is also disrupted, it can throw blood into the abdominal cavity. Swelling in the abdomen due to fluid accumulation in the chest, such as diarrhea, high fever, loss of strength. As a result, it is a disease that results in death if not treated.”
DOES IT TREAT HUMAN?
President of the Turkish Veterinary Medical Association, Prof. Dr. Murat Arslan reported that this disease is not transmitted from cat to human. However, he explained that in our country, the collective environments where cats live together and are fed increase the rate of transmission of this disease. He stated that as a solution, placing water and food containers for household and street animals in different places will reduce the spread.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF FIP DISEASE?
- fever in cats
- Loss of appetite
- state of not drinking water
- Lack of hind legs
- Abdominal fluid collection
WHAT ARE FIP DISEASE TREATMENT METHODS?
Although there are drugs on the market to help treat FIP, it has not yet been determined that they have positive or negative effects in the long term. Veterinarians will choose the most appropriate treatment method after the examination process.