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BVA statement on FIP cases in cats in Cyprus

14 Jul 2023


BVA issues advice for UK cat owners following outbreak of feline infectious peritonitis in Cyprus.

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A widespread outbreak of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) has been reported in both stray and indoor cat populations in Cyprus since January.  

Responding to the news, Dr Justine Shotton, Senior Vice President, British Veterinary Association, said:

“The reported cases of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in Cyprus are understandably concerning. However, FIP is a condition seen in cats in the UK and so while tests are ongoing to determine if this is a new strain of the virus, our current advice for cat owners is to contact their vet if they have any concerns about their pet’s health or welfare and discuss any preventative healthcare options. 

“Cats being imported from Cyprus to the UK should be tested for the virus before travel and not be moved if they test positive. As a precautionary measure, anyone travelling to Cyprus for a holiday should avoid touching cats there and make sure to clean the soles of their shoes and suitcase wheels before leaving to avoid inadvertently bringing the virus into the UK.”


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