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Cat-To-Human TB transfer Possible, Say Health Officials

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Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2014 01:53 AM by AlexMuller

Officials from the Public health England (PHE) and the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) looked into nine cases of mycobacterium bovis or M.bovis in pet cats from Berkshire and Hampshire in 2012. They identified 39 people who were in contact with the virus infected cats.

 

After screening 24 patients with suspected TB infection, experts found two people with active TB and two others with latent TB that is they had been exposed to the virus some time but did not have the disease.  

 
Researchers noted identical M.bovis virus in both infected cats and those with active infection after individually examining them. This points to  cat-to-human transfer. The analysis could not help associate virus attacks in those with latent TB infection or identify the virus source. Experts  say that the risk of catching the infection from cats is low but people should still seek medical advice

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-31
+3
I think that such claims that are so uncertain are not very helpful. It is important that the possibility of TB transfer from cats to humans is tested rigorously as soon as possible
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-31
+2
Yes, this observation needs to be kept in perspective. As they state in the artice "It's important to remember that this was a very unusual cluster of TB in domestic cats. M. bovis is still uncommon in cats - it mainly affects livestock animals." Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-31
+3
One needs to be careful. These could be the the first documented cases of cat-to-human transmission. Humans can pick the virus through wounds and cuts while touching an infected animal or breathing air contaminated by M.bovis bacteria. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-31
+1
The big problem with TB is that it is coming back due to resistant strains. It is important to know what are treatment options in this case
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-31
+0
This indeed would be a new solution to treat hundreds of thousands of people who die unnecessarily of drug-resistant TB. Great progress Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-31
+0
Stem cell research is making an impact. Scientists have been able to successfully transform human stem cells into different types of cells such as nerve, retina and blood cells. This application to treat TB is another god new! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-07
+0
Clear, inotvmafire, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs? Reply


 

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