Can Feline Leukemia Affect a Human?

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Last Modified: September 17, 2012

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Question

Is it true that feline leukemia can be spread to humans?

Erika Krick, VMD, DACVIM Veterinary Medical Oncologist, University of Pennsylvania, responds:

Answer

Feline leukemia is caused by a virus that affects cats and can be spread from one cat to another. It is not an infection that can be passed on to people.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire transcript from When a Beloved Pet has Cancer.