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Cats quarantine at Gwinnett County Animal Shelter to be lifted

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter says a feline quarantine at the facility will be lifted on Monday and adoptions can resume.

While cleaning the shelter, an animal welfare and enforcement officer found an unresponsive kitten. Preliminary testing by a local veterinarian indicates feline panleukopenia.

Curt Harrell with the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter says the disease is highly contagious and potentially deadly.

"It's very similar to parvo in dogs where they have very loose stool and they become very dehydrated and it's very contagious," said Harrell. "Pan lueke is like rabies in the wild, there's not much you can do to prevent it."

Panleukopenia doesn't affect dogs or humans. In 2015, an illness killed one cat and sickened at least 19 others at the same shelter.

No felines were impounded or allowed to leave the building pending instruction from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The shelter staff has contacted everyone who has a pending feline adoption. Dog intake, adoptions and rescue will continue as usual.

The Animal Shelter intake office will again be accepting cats on Wednesday, July 19.

Another piece of good news is that the Catapalooza adoption special is still in effect through the end of July.

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