H5N1 Found in Austria Cats

Several cats have tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu, Austrian state authorities said Monday.

Two or three cats, all of which are still alive, have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the disease, Hans Seitinger, the top agriculture official in Styria state, told ORF.

Last month, German authorities confirmed that a cat there succumbed to the deadly virus. The cat, found on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, is believed to have contracted the virus after eating an infected bird.

That is in keeping with a pattern of disease transmission seen in wild cats in Asia.