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As FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) cases rise in Cyprus, the BVA issued advice to UK cat owners to raise awareness and encourage their understanding.

The alarming increase in FIP cases reportedly started in the capital city of Nicosia in January 2023 and spread throughout the whole island within 3-4 months. The cases reported concerned both street and domestic cats.

Dr Justine Shotton, Senior Vice President, British Veterinary Association, responded to the news with:

“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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