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(Daily Mail)   What do you get when you rescue a dying kitten from a ditch? The cowpox virus of course (Article contains graphic images)   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
    More: Strange, cowpox virus, dead tissue, Skin disease, bacterial infections  
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2013-09-09 08:34:26 PM  
At least this will give her smallpox protection.
 
2013-09-09 08:41:09 PM  
Cowpox is a skin disease caused by the cowpox virus.

Well.  That question has been answered.  Thanks Daily Mail!
 
2013-09-09 09:17:43 PM  
Done in one!
 
2013-09-09 09:18:08 PM  
So....WTF happened to the kitten? Did the article say?
 
2013-09-09 09:19:40 PM  

Morchella: At least this will give her smallpox protection.


Yeah I got teh cowpox before. When I went to the doctor with chicken pox like symptoms but had already had chicken pox they went full president Madagascar.
 
2013-09-09 09:22:55 PM  
www4.images.coolspotters.com
 
2013-09-09 09:24:33 PM  
phys-merger.physik.unibas.ch

So why is it called cowpox if you can only get it from cats and rats?
 
2013-09-09 09:25:37 PM  

Ambivalence: So....WTF happened to the kitten? Did the article say?


Attempted to rescue implies it died. Sadly.

And yet another mass UFO sighting in the other articles. Ho-hum.
 
2013-09-09 09:26:09 PM  

Morchella: At least this will give her smallpox protection.


Exactly what I thought. The first smallpox vaccine was deliberate infection with cowpox.
 
2013-09-09 09:27:29 PM  
When I was growing up, several kids in our 4-H club came down with goatpox. You think you get immunity to smallpox after being infected with the farm animal varieties.
 
2013-09-09 09:28:15 PM  
Kittens turn into cats, and then live 18 years too long.
 
2013-09-09 09:28:42 PM  
Perhaps the lesson here is: if you see a dying kitten in a ditch... maybe you ought to let it die in the ditch.
 
2013-09-09 09:28:49 PM  
At least it wasn't the cowpie virus, or even worse, the cowabunga virus.
 
2013-09-09 09:29:08 PM  
Keep taking in all those stray kittens you caterday folks.
 
2013-09-09 09:29:17 PM  

Ambivalence: So....WTF happened to the kitten? Did the article say?


Kitteh died shortly after rescue.
Poor, poor kitteh.
 
2013-09-09 09:29:48 PM  
biology.clc.uc.edu
 
2013-09-09 09:31:40 PM  

Morchella: At least this will give her smallpox protection.


Came here for this.
 
2013-09-09 09:32:46 PM  
Strays are wild animals too.
 
2013-09-09 09:33:00 PM  

Cybernetic: Exactly what I thought. The first smallpox vaccine was deliberate infection with cowpox.


Actually the first smallpox vaccine was deliberate infection with smallpox. The cowpox version came later, and had the advantage of being less likely to kill you.
 
2013-09-09 09:35:07 PM  
Scientists warn cowpox still confers no immunity to these chaps, however.

www.virginmedia.com
 
2013-09-09 09:38:36 PM  
Beware of strange pussy?
 
2013-09-09 09:39:13 PM  
Is it Caturday? *WHAP!* Ow!
 
2013-09-09 09:40:39 PM  

JohnnyC: Perhaps the lesson here is: if you see a dying kitten in a ditch... maybe you ought to let it die in the ditch.


Ooba Tooba: Kittens turn into cats, and then live 18 years too long.


ReapTheChaos: Keep taking in all those stray kittens you caterday folks.


People who dislike cats are also all likely to be child molesters and talk during movies at the theater.
 
2013-09-09 09:47:18 PM  

WhoopAssWayne: Beware of strange pussy?


Yes, stick with familiar pussy.  It's the only safe kind.
 
2013-09-09 09:47:35 PM  

FunkOut: When I was growing up, several kids in our 4-H club came down with goatpox. You think you get immunity to smallpox after being infected with the farm animal varieties.


Goatpox... I didn't realize that variant existed.

Apparently you CAN learn something new on Fark :)
 
2013-09-09 09:48:49 PM  
Well, better than throwing one out of a car.

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: JohnnyC: Perhaps the lesson here is: if you see a dying kitten in a ditch... maybe you ought to let it die in the ditch.

Ooba Tooba: Kittens turn into cats, and then live 18 years too long.

ReapTheChaos: Keep taking in all those stray kittens you caterday folks.

People who dislike cats are also all likely to be child molesters and talk during movies at the theater.


Oh the humanity! Are you kidding me?
 
2013-09-09 09:51:20 PM  
Stuff like that can sneak up on ya. I have scars on my arm from a bout with Impetigo when I was in elementary school.
 
2013-09-09 09:53:21 PM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: People who dislike cats are also all likely...


I like cats just fine... my suggestion is that if you see a dying animal, most of the time you should probably not attempt to interfere with nature. If you want to be really kind in that situation, perhaps giving the animal a swift death would be preferable to letting it die slowly and in agony.

Please don't mistake a healthy respect for the natural order of life and death as a dislike of a particular species of animals.
 
2013-09-09 09:53:39 PM  

technofiend: Yes, stick with familiar pussy.  It's the only safe kind.


Stick with safe profiles. It's the only safe kind. *click* Yours on the other hand - *shutter*
 
2013-09-09 09:54:13 PM  

The Pumpkin Eater: Ambivalence: So....WTF happened to the kitten? Did the article say?

Kitteh died shortly after rescue.
Poor, poor kitteh.


What is it with dead kittens today? We working on a depression trifecta here?
 
2013-09-09 09:58:24 PM  

GrogSmash: FunkOut: When I was growing up, several kids in our 4-H club came down with goatpox. You think you get immunity to smallpox after being infected with the farm animal varieties.

Goatpox... I didn't realize that variant existed.

Apparently you CAN learn something new on Fark :)


It's usually called Orf. And usually spread by the nosy little bastards wandering up and giving your hand a good chomp while they're infected.
 
2013-09-09 10:00:38 PM  

Canton: The Pumpkin Eater: Ambivalence: So....WTF happened to the kitten? Did the article say?

Kitteh died shortly after rescue.
Poor, poor kitteh.

What is it with dead kittens today? We working on a depression trifecta here?


What's the difference between a dead cat and yakitori? I'm not havin' yakitori for dinner!

Well, actually, I might. Chikun is gude.
 
2013-09-09 10:01:29 PM  
Thanks Obama.
 
2013-09-09 10:01:42 PM  

technofiend: Scientists warn cowpox still confers no immunity to these chaps, however.

[www.virginmedia.com image 431x300]


You worked hard for that one, and I award you +1 internets!
 
2013-09-09 10:02:33 PM  
Can I haz a dizeez?
 
2013-09-09 10:12:34 PM  

toraque: At least it wasn't the cowpie virus, or even worse, the cowabunga virus.


Radical!

Wanna go get some 'za?
 
2013-09-09 10:12:50 PM  

jtown: [phys-merger.physik.unibas.ch image 541x265]

So why is it called cowpox if you can only get it from cats and rats?


I believe that is supposed to read "Eat more kitten."
 
2013-09-09 10:13:34 PM  
Csb. I once rescued a kitten that was starving and filthy. So I cleaned the little guy up, fed him a week or two and found him a good home. Never minded the bite he gave me while I was giving him a bath, cleaned it up, threw on a band aid and I was good to go.

Two weeks later, I start feeling like crap, my arm hurts like hell ask my lymph nodes look like golf balls. Doctor takes awhile and finally asks if i have been bitten by any animals recently. The bite was completely healed by then and I never connected the two.

He says, "You have cat scratch fever". I thought he was nuts, but that was it. Two weeks in a sling and a ton of antibiotics.

The best part was when people would ask what happened. "I got bit by a cat that weighed about the same as a Hershey bar."
 
2013-09-09 10:20:37 PM  

GrogSmash: FunkOut: When I was growing up, several kids in our 4-H club came down with goatpox. You think you get immunity to smallpox after being infected with the farm animal varieties.

Goatpox... I didn't realize that variant existed.

Apparently you CAN learn something new on Fark :)


I have seen goatpox before (a cousin who had a hobby farm). I would have preferred to remain ignorant about its existence.
 
2013-09-09 10:22:18 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: And yet another mass UFO sighting in the other articles. Ho-hum.


I wonder how much gold the aliens wagered on the Canadian minor league baseball game.
 
2013-09-09 10:26:27 PM  
Cowpox is still a thing?

How medieval.
 
2013-09-09 10:28:00 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Cybernetic: Exactly what I thought. The first smallpox vaccine was deliberate infection with cowpox.

Actually the first smallpox vaccine was deliberate infection with smallpox. The cowpox version came later, and had the advantage of being less likely to kill you.


Then at some point the Vaccinia virus snuck in and took over the cell cultures and stuff and quietly replaced the cowpox virus without anyone quite realizing it, or caring, since it worked as well or better than the cowpox.
 
2013-09-09 10:49:18 PM  
Catpox.
 
2013-09-09 10:50:25 PM  
Would not have guessed cow or small pox from that picture. I'm guessing some lesions got superinfected.
 
2013-09-09 11:06:14 PM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: JohnnyC: Perhaps the lesson here is: if you see a dying kitten in a ditch... maybe you ought to let it die in the ditch.

Ooba Tooba: Kittens turn into cats, and then live 18 years too long.

ReapTheChaos: Keep taking in all those stray kittens you caterday folks.

People who dislike cats are also all likely to be child molesters and talk during movies at the theater.


I find that to be very offensive, how a person can even suggest such a ridiculous thing is abhorrent! I'll have you know that I have never, in all my life, spoken during a movie in the theater!
 
2013-09-09 11:13:09 PM  

technofiend: Scientists warn cowpox still confers no immunity to these chaps, however.

[www.virginmedia.com image 431x300]


Holy crap that's an old pic.  Midge looks about 16.
 
2013-09-09 11:19:27 PM  
I'd worry a lot more about rabies from a random kitten in a ditch.  There was a softball tourney a few years ago in which kids from 4 states played with a stray kitten. It got sick and died a week later and was tested for rabies due to neuro signs and came up positive... scary!

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5651a1.htm
 
2013-09-09 11:25:40 PM  

Ooba Tooba: Kittens turn into cats, and then live 18 years too long.


img.fark.net

I shall be over your house to kick your ass shortly.

/first I have to find the source of that red dot
 
2013-09-09 11:26:13 PM  

Ambivalence: So....WTF happened to the kitten? Did the article say?


According to the Live Science article (linked in the DM article) the kitten that the girl rescued was sick and died the following day.
 
2013-09-09 11:42:06 PM  

JohnnyC: Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: People who dislike cats are also all likely...

I like cats just fine... my suggestion is that if you see a dying animal, most of the time you should probably not attempt to interfere with nature. If you want to be really kind in that situation, perhaps giving the animal a swift death would be preferable to letting it die slowly and in agony.

Please don't mistake a healthy respect for the natural order of life and death as a dislike of a particular species of animals.


I agree. I do the same with humans. After all, natural order yadda yadda.
 
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