In shelter situations, infectious diseases are difficult to prevent and control, thus, they spread quickly.
In addition, shelters are unstable biological environments; not only are disease outbreaks frequent, but new pathogens may emerge or virulent variants of endemic pathogens may occur, as a result of rapid transmission cycles and consequent evolution and selection of infectious agents, such as viruses and bacteria.
Our partner ABCD guidelines describe the most important factors to minimise and/or prevent the spread of infectious agents:
- How long should cats arriving in shelters be quarantained?
- For which diseases should they be tested?
- Which disinfectants should be used on the premises?
Find out more in our partner guidelines, on the management and prevention of infectious diseases in cat shelters.