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Bird Flu Can Transfer to Cats

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Bird Flu Can Transfer to Cats

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Bird Flu Can Transfer to Cats

Bird Flu Can Transfer to Cats

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Dutch researchers report that domestic cats can contract and die of the bird flu strain called H5N1, that's widespread in Asia. Experts call the information another piece of evidence of the virus strain's "promiscuous" ability to spread. The lengthening list of species it can infect includes chickens, ducks and various wild bird species, pigs, humans, mice, ferrets. NPR's Richard Knox reports.