- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The cat room at the Iowa City animal shelter is open again for visitors looking to adopt and for new cats needing a home.

The cat area of the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center has been closed for two weeks after an outbreak of a virus that can be fatal to cats was discovered.

The Iowa City Press Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/1mtj2sY ) a dozen cats died or had to be euthanized due to the illness often called cat distemper.

Shelter supervisor Misha Goodman says the room has reopened.

The illness is similar to parvo virus that dogs can get. It requires a quarantine to stop the spreading. Staff had to use protective body suits, gloves, and booties and scrub the facility daily to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/