What? I got TB from my cat

2014-03-28 13:38


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Bershire– Two people in the United Kingdom have been infected with tuberculosis by a domestic cat.

According to the BBC in Berkshire and Hampshire two human cases were linked to nine cases of Mycobacterium bovis infection in cats.

According to the Public Health England (PHE) both patients were treated and are responding well to the drugs. The organisation also said that the risk of cat-to-human transmission of this particular virus is still very low.

M bovis is a bacterium that causes cattle and other animals to contract tuberculosis.

The bacterium is also known as bovine TB.

Testing illustrated that the M bovis found in the infected cats was also found in the TB strain found in the two humans.

This showed that the humans were infected by a cat. The researchers however did not mention whether one cat infected both humans or whether these were separate cases.  

Contamination can also occur when unprotected cuts are exposed to the infected animals.
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