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To check ‘cat AIDS’ epidemic, govt rounds up animals for HIV screening

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Cats in a Danish village are being rounded up after an outbreak of ‘feline AIDS’, it has emerged.

Authorities are trying to capture all feral cats in Sønder Onsild, southwest of the town of Hobro in central Jutland.

It comes after nine animals were found to have feline immunodeficiency virus, often referred to as feline AIDS.

Residents have been urged to keep their pets indoors while the round-up takes place with officials reportedly ready to put down any cat that tests positive.

Any cat that tests negative will be housed in a cat shelter, according to the local Nordjyske newspaper.

Experts carry out a blood test to diagnose the virus, which cannot be caught by humans.

Vet Søren Haubro told Nordjyske the virus weakens the cat’s immune system with symptoms that include mouth infections and sickness.

It can take up to 10 years for the animals to show signs.

The round-up will begin in June, with an animal protection group and cat shelter working with local authorities.

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