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Deadly cat virus appears to be dormant on Maui

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui Humane Society veterinarian says a deadly cat virus that killed eight cats on the island over the summer appears to be dormant.

Dr. Miyo Miyasaki-Kim told The Maui News she's skeptical that cat distemper has been eradicated on Maui. That's because the summer outbreak affected cats in multiple parts of the island.

The virus is called feline panleukopenia. The Humane Society says It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, fever and sudden death. The disease is prevalent on the mainland but uncommon in Hawaii.

Miyasaki-Kim predicts the virus will come back in waves if it returns, similar to the parvovirus in dogs.

She says Maui's large population of feral cats could determine whether the disease returns and how fast it spreads.

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