Two people catch tuberculosis from cats

Two people catch TB from cats

Two people catch TB from cats

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Two people have developed tuberculosis (TB) after contact with a cat in the first ever recorded cases of cat-to-human transmission, officials have said.

Public Health England (PHE) said two people developed tuberculosis after contact with a domestic cat infected with bacteria Mycobacterium bovis.

The bacteria causes TB in cattle (known as bovine TB) and in other animals.

Nine cases of Mycobacterium bovis infection in domestic cats in Hampshire and Berkshire were investigated by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and PHE last year.

PHE said it had offered TB screening to 39 people identified as having had contact with the nine infected cats.

Of these, 24 people accepted screening. Two were found to have active TB and there were two cases of latent TB, which means they had been exposed to TB at some point but did not have an active infection.

Both people with active TB disease have confirmed infection with Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) and are responding to treatment.

PHE said there there have been no further cases of TB in cats reported in Berkshire or Hampshire since March 2013 and said it believed the risk of transmission from cats to humans was ''very low''.

Analysis of the samples of active TB from the humans and the infected cats by the AHVLA showed the M. bovis was ''indistinguishable''.

This ''indicates transmission of the bacterium from an infected cat'', PHE said.

In the cases of latent TB infection, it was not possible to confirm if they were caused by M. bovis.

According to PHE, transmission of the bacteria from infected animals to humans ''can occur by inhaling or ingesting bacteria shed by the animal or through contamination of unprotected cuts in the skin while handling infected animals or their carcasses''.

Dr Dilys Morgan, head of gastrointestinal, emerging and zoonotic diseases department at PHE, said: ''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.

''These are the first documented cases of cat-to-human transmission and so, although PHE has assessed the risk of people catching this infection from infected cats as being very low, we are recommending that household and close contacts of cats with confirmed M. bovis infection should be assessed and receive public health advice.''

Professor Noel Smith, head of the bovine TB genotyping group at AHVLA, said: ''Testing of nearby herds revealed a small number of infected cattle with the same strain of M. bovis as the cats.

''However, direct contact of the cats with these cattle was unlikely considering their roaming ranges. The most likely source of infection is infected wildlife, but cat-to-cat transmission cannot be ruled out.''

Cattle herds with confirmed cases of bovine TB in the area have all been placed under movement restrictions to prevent the spread of disease.

Figures show that TB caused by M. bovis is diagnosed in fewer than 40 people in the UK each year.

The majority of cases are in the over-65s, most likely due to a latent infection acquired years earlier becoming active again.

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1:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

Well they do lick their bums.
Well they do lick their bums. Brite Spark
  • Score: -10

1:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

**** I mean.
**** I mean. Brite Spark
  • Score: -9

1:28pm Thu 27 Mar 14

reeferman says...

Was it a tabby cat? Lol
Was it a tabby cat? Lol reeferman
  • Score: -6

1:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

kaido says...

Further details TB given later.
Further details TB given later. kaido
  • Score: -2

2:58pm Thu 27 Mar 14

camerajuan says...

Aaaaaand this is why Dogs are better!
Aaaaaand this is why Dogs are better! camerajuan
  • Score: -6

3:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

loosehead says...

I'm not a cat lover so can I ask when we're going to have a car cull to stamp out TB? (I like badgers)
I'm not a cat lover so can I ask when we're going to have a car cull to stamp out TB? (I like badgers) loosehead
  • Score: -12

3:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Well they do lick their bums.
This and your following comment are pretty weak. A dog or a cat licking it's bum does not give it TB. Contact with other contaminated animals does. The badger cull is still desperately needed, and will happen. Hopefully soon.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Well they do lick their bums.[/p][/quote]This and your following comment are pretty weak. A dog or a cat licking it's bum does not give it TB. Contact with other contaminated animals does. The badger cull is still desperately needed, and will happen. Hopefully soon. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: -11

3:57pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
Well they do lick their bums.
This and your following comment are pretty weak. A dog or a cat licking it's bum does not give it TB. Contact with other contaminated animals does. The badger cull is still desperately needed, and will happen. Hopefully soon.
Dogs sniff and lick each others bums, then they lick people's faces.
Is it any wonder that many people with dogs die before there dogs do?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Well they do lick their bums.[/p][/quote]This and your following comment are pretty weak. A dog or a cat licking it's bum does not give it TB. Contact with other contaminated animals does. The badger cull is still desperately needed, and will happen. Hopefully soon.[/p][/quote]Dogs sniff and lick each others bums, then they lick people's faces. Is it any wonder that many people with dogs die before there dogs do? Brite Spark
  • Score: -4

4:00pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

loosehead wrote:
I'm not a cat lover so can I ask when we're going to have a car cull to stamp out TB? (I like badgers)
Yep kill all the cars. If you had bothered to read all the information you would have noticed that no cat has had TB since March 2013, this was an isolated cluster and all the clever people had noted that cats having TB is very uncommon and transmission to humans from cats, even more so. I don't include you in the group of clever people.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I'm not a cat lover so can I ask when we're going to have a car cull to stamp out TB? (I like badgers)[/p][/quote]Yep kill all the cars. If you had bothered to read all the information you would have noticed that no cat has had TB since March 2013, this was an isolated cluster and all the clever people had noted that cats having TB is very uncommon and transmission to humans from cats, even more so. I don't include you in the group of clever people. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 9

4:03pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
Well they do lick their bums.
This and your following comment are pretty weak. A dog or a cat licking it's bum does not give it TB. Contact with other contaminated animals does. The badger cull is still desperately needed, and will happen. Hopefully soon.
Dogs sniff and lick each others bums, then they lick people's faces.
Is it any wonder that many people with dogs die before there dogs do?
I agree. I can't think of anything worse than letting a dog or cat lick your face. Pat them on the head, be nice to them, but don't let them lick your face.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Well they do lick their bums.[/p][/quote]This and your following comment are pretty weak. A dog or a cat licking it's bum does not give it TB. Contact with other contaminated animals does. The badger cull is still desperately needed, and will happen. Hopefully soon.[/p][/quote]Dogs sniff and lick each others bums, then they lick people's faces. Is it any wonder that many people with dogs die before there dogs do?[/p][/quote]I agree. I can't think of anything worse than letting a dog or cat lick your face. Pat them on the head, be nice to them, but don't let them lick your face. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

This is drivel. I expect the TB cases in question lived like pigs ..... the drawing of conclusions involving their choice of pet is merely coincidental, and erroneous.
Above all, I fail to see why such a story should inspire such hysteria. TB these days is easily treatable. Just simmer down, and concentrate on the REAL issues.
You know what I mean by REAL issues, don't you?
AmeriKKKan warmongering.
The forthcoming economic collapse.
The onward march of the EUSSR upon our lives.
I could go on ...... but if you're happy to be distracted by yet another blatant FALSE FLAG story in our AmeriKKKan-owned media, feel free to dive deeper into your self-chosen cesspit of blindness.
This is drivel. I expect the TB cases in question lived like pigs ..... the drawing of conclusions involving their choice of pet is merely coincidental, and erroneous. Above all, I fail to see why such a story should inspire such hysteria. TB these days is easily treatable. Just simmer down, and concentrate on the REAL issues. You know what I mean by REAL issues, don't you? AmeriKKKan warmongering. The forthcoming economic collapse. The onward march of the EUSSR upon our lives. I could go on ...... but if you're happy to be distracted by yet another blatant FALSE FLAG story in our AmeriKKKan-owned media, feel free to dive deeper into your self-chosen cesspit of blindness. Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
  • Score: -5

6:54pm Thu 27 Mar 14

redsnapper says...

Government propaganda trying to support their badger murdering. Owen Patterson is a the typical Tory countryside redneck. He supports Shredding foxes by dogs and mass extinction of badger colonies and he is Minister of the Environment..oxymoro
n or what?
Government propaganda trying to support their badger murdering. Owen Patterson is a the typical Tory countryside redneck. He supports Shredding foxes by dogs and mass extinction of badger colonies and he is Minister of the Environment..oxymoro n or what? redsnapper
  • Score: 6

7:55pm Thu 27 Mar 14

*ay*carumba* says...

redsnapper wrote:
Government propaganda trying to support their badger murdering. Owen Patterson is a the typical Tory countryside redneck. He supports Shredding foxes by dogs and mass extinction of badger colonies and he is Minister of the Environment..oxymoro

n or what?
It's like the stories about foxes getting into houses and attacking babies appearing in the press just after the Tories got in. It was obvious the Hunting Act was in their minds and it was a ploy to get the public onside.

The Tories have issued licences to kill protected birds of prey as well as badgers. Owen Paterson is a diabolical Environment Minister, people need to look for the truth themselves rather than take notice of what the Government claims.
[quote][p][bold]redsnapper[/bold] wrote: Government propaganda trying to support their badger murdering. Owen Patterson is a the typical Tory countryside redneck. He supports Shredding foxes by dogs and mass extinction of badger colonies and he is Minister of the Environment..oxymoro n or what?[/p][/quote]It's like the stories about foxes getting into houses and attacking babies appearing in the press just after the Tories got in. It was obvious the Hunting Act was in their minds and it was a ploy to get the public onside. The Tories have issued licences to kill protected birds of prey as well as badgers. Owen Paterson is a diabolical Environment Minister, people need to look for the truth themselves rather than take notice of what the Government claims. *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 4

8:09pm Thu 27 Mar 14

WarwickNights says...

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G
raham
wrote:
This is drivel. I expect the TB cases in question lived like pigs ..... the drawing of conclusions involving their choice of pet is merely coincidental, and erroneous.
Above all, I fail to see why such a story should inspire such hysteria. TB these days is easily treatable. Just simmer down, and concentrate on the REAL issues.
You know what I mean by REAL issues, don't you?
AmeriKKKan warmongering.
The forthcoming economic collapse.
The onward march of the EUSSR upon our lives.
I could go on ...... but if you're happy to be distracted by yet another blatant FALSE FLAG story in our AmeriKKKan-owned media, feel free to dive deeper into your self-chosen cesspit of blindness.
I'd love a "cesspit of blindness". Do they sell them in Morrisons?
[quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: This is drivel. I expect the TB cases in question lived like pigs ..... the drawing of conclusions involving their choice of pet is merely coincidental, and erroneous. Above all, I fail to see why such a story should inspire such hysteria. TB these days is easily treatable. Just simmer down, and concentrate on the REAL issues. You know what I mean by REAL issues, don't you? AmeriKKKan warmongering. The forthcoming economic collapse. The onward march of the EUSSR upon our lives. I could go on ...... but if you're happy to be distracted by yet another blatant FALSE FLAG story in our AmeriKKKan-owned media, feel free to dive deeper into your self-chosen cesspit of blindness.[/p][/quote]I'd love a "cesspit of blindness". Do they sell them in Morrisons? WarwickNights
  • Score: 5

8:25pm Thu 27 Mar 14

richieroo says...

WarwickNights wrote:
Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G

raham
wrote:
This is drivel. I expect the TB cases in question lived like pigs ..... the drawing of conclusions involving their choice of pet is merely coincidental, and erroneous.
Above all, I fail to see why such a story should inspire such hysteria. TB these days is easily treatable. Just simmer down, and concentrate on the REAL issues.
You know what I mean by REAL issues, don't you?
AmeriKKKan warmongering.
The forthcoming economic collapse.
The onward march of the EUSSR upon our lives.
I could go on ...... but if you're happy to be distracted by yet another blatant FALSE FLAG story in our AmeriKKKan-owned media, feel free to dive deeper into your self-chosen cesspit of blindness.
I'd love a "cesspit of blindness". Do they sell them in Morrisons?
I can recommend their best of album too!. :-)
[quote][p][bold]WarwickNights[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: This is drivel. I expect the TB cases in question lived like pigs ..... the drawing of conclusions involving their choice of pet is merely coincidental, and erroneous. Above all, I fail to see why such a story should inspire such hysteria. TB these days is easily treatable. Just simmer down, and concentrate on the REAL issues. You know what I mean by REAL issues, don't you? AmeriKKKan warmongering. The forthcoming economic collapse. The onward march of the EUSSR upon our lives. I could go on ...... but if you're happy to be distracted by yet another blatant FALSE FLAG story in our AmeriKKKan-owned media, feel free to dive deeper into your self-chosen cesspit of blindness.[/p][/quote]I'd love a "cesspit of blindness". Do they sell them in Morrisons?[/p][/quote]I can recommend their best of album too!. :-) richieroo
  • Score: 0

8:26pm Thu 27 Mar 14

richieroo says...

loosehead wrote:
I'm not a cat lover so can I ask when we're going to have a car cull to stamp out TB? (I like badgers)
So many cats... So few recipes!. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I'm not a cat lover so can I ask when we're going to have a car cull to stamp out TB? (I like badgers)[/p][/quote]So many cats... So few recipes!. ;-) richieroo
  • Score: -3

9:00pm Thu 27 Mar 14

10 Minute Man says...

Cats with TB ? Probably best to (literally) stamp them all out now and ask questions later ?

I heard they catch it from cr4ping in my garden, and scratching & scrabbling all over my fences .
Cats with TB ? Probably best to (literally) stamp them all out now and ask questions later ? I heard they catch it from cr4ping in my garden, and scratching & scrabbling all over my fences . 10 Minute Man
  • Score: -4

9:15pm Thu 27 Mar 14

loosehead says...

loosehead wrote:
I'm not a cat lover so can I ask when we're going to have a car cull to stamp out TB? (I like badgers)
I meant a Cat cull.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: I'm not a cat lover so can I ask when we're going to have a car cull to stamp out TB? (I like badgers)[/p][/quote]I meant a Cat cull. loosehead
  • Score: -2

9:18pm Thu 27 Mar 14

loosehead says...

so it can't be proven if bovine tb is given to badgers from cattle or the other way round & we slaughter Badgers now we have two cases of TB transferred from cats to humans so again when are we having a Cull of Cats?
so it can't be proven if bovine tb is given to badgers from cattle or the other way round & we slaughter Badgers now we have two cases of TB transferred from cats to humans so again when are we having a Cull of Cats? loosehead
  • Score: -2

8:32am Fri 28 Mar 14

margie933 says...

TB is a very serious illness and should be taken seriously. Not have jokes made about it.
TB was cleared in this Country after many years of trying but it now seems to be breaking out again. Very Worrying I would say.!!
TB is a very serious illness and should be taken seriously. Not have jokes made about it. TB was cleared in this Country after many years of trying but it now seems to be breaking out again. Very Worrying I would say.!! margie933
  • Score: -1

9:34am Fri 28 Mar 14

forest hump says...

margie933 wrote:
TB is a very serious illness and should be taken seriously. Not have jokes made about it.
TB was cleared in this Country after many years of trying but it now seems to be breaking out again. Very Worrying I would say.!!
Technology has moved on sweetie. TB is no more of an issue than the common cold. Influenza (the normal one, not all of these other scaremongering versions) kills more than most imagine. So go ahead an worry unnecessarily, it will achieve very little.
[quote][p][bold]margie933[/bold] wrote: TB is a very serious illness and should be taken seriously. Not have jokes made about it. TB was cleared in this Country after many years of trying but it now seems to be breaking out again. Very Worrying I would say.!![/p][/quote]Technology has moved on sweetie. TB is no more of an issue than the common cold. Influenza (the normal one, not all of these other scaremongering versions) kills more than most imagine. So go ahead an worry unnecessarily, it will achieve very little. forest hump
  • Score: 0

10:58am Fri 28 Mar 14

miltonarcher says...

camerajuan wrote:
Aaaaaand this is why Dogs are better!
Yes, especially when they attack and maim young children!
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Aaaaaand this is why Dogs are better![/p][/quote]Yes, especially when they attack and maim young children! miltonarcher
  • Score: 2

11:33am Fri 28 Mar 14

loosehead says...

miltonarcher wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
Aaaaaand this is why Dogs are better!
Yes, especially when they attack and maim young children!
I've seen cats attack children!
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Aaaaaand this is why Dogs are better![/p][/quote]Yes, especially when they attack and maim young children![/p][/quote]I've seen cats attack children! loosehead
  • Score: -1

2:55pm Fri 28 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

forest hump wrote:
margie933 wrote:
TB is a very serious illness and should be taken seriously. Not have jokes made about it.
TB was cleared in this Country after many years of trying but it now seems to be breaking out again. Very Worrying I would say.!!
Technology has moved on sweetie. TB is no more of an issue than the common cold. Influenza (the normal one, not all of these other scaremongering versions) kills more than most imagine. So go ahead an worry unnecessarily, it will achieve very little.
Wrong.

TB, like many other 'eradicated' illnesses is on the increase, as current antibiotics are no longer effective.

Though TB is largely an imported problem.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]margie933[/bold] wrote: TB is a very serious illness and should be taken seriously. Not have jokes made about it. TB was cleared in this Country after many years of trying but it now seems to be breaking out again. Very Worrying I would say.!![/p][/quote]Technology has moved on sweetie. TB is no more of an issue than the common cold. Influenza (the normal one, not all of these other scaremongering versions) kills more than most imagine. So go ahead an worry unnecessarily, it will achieve very little.[/p][/quote]Wrong. TB, like many other 'eradicated' illnesses is on the increase, as current antibiotics are no longer effective. Though TB is largely an imported problem. From the sidelines
  • Score: 2

3:50pm Fri 28 Mar 14

loosehead says...

Listened to the news these cats were in contact with cattle who have proven positive with TB .
I watch country file & there's a vaccine for cattle but this would close export markets so they exterminate Badgers as they couldn't prove who gave who TB so now it's being passed on to cats & humans & originates from cattle surely Vaccination of all cattle should now take place shouldn't it?
Listened to the news these cats were in contact with cattle who have proven positive with TB . I watch country file & there's a vaccine for cattle but this would close export markets so they exterminate Badgers as they couldn't prove who gave who TB so now it's being passed on to cats & humans & originates from cattle surely Vaccination of all cattle should now take place shouldn't it? loosehead
  • Score: 2

4:30pm Fri 28 Mar 14

*ay*carumba* says...

loosehead wrote:
Listened to the news these cats were in contact with cattle who have proven positive with TB .
I watch country file & there's a vaccine for cattle but this would close export markets so they exterminate Badgers as they couldn't prove who gave who TB so now it's being passed on to cats & humans & originates from cattle surely Vaccination of all cattle should now take place shouldn't it?
It's far easier to blame Badgers rather than farmers complying with the BTB regulations. Many farmers have ended up in court for ignoring the regulations to prevent the spread of BTB, heavens knows how many have not been caught.

Cattle have been moved during the Somerset floods without being BTB tested, so again, another opportunity for BTB to spread, but it's OK as the badgers can be blamed!
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Listened to the news these cats were in contact with cattle who have proven positive with TB . I watch country file & there's a vaccine for cattle but this would close export markets so they exterminate Badgers as they couldn't prove who gave who TB so now it's being passed on to cats & humans & originates from cattle surely Vaccination of all cattle should now take place shouldn't it?[/p][/quote]It's far easier to blame Badgers rather than farmers complying with the BTB regulations. Many farmers have ended up in court for ignoring the regulations to prevent the spread of BTB, heavens knows how many have not been caught. Cattle have been moved during the Somerset floods without being BTB tested, so again, another opportunity for BTB to spread, but it's OK as the badgers can be blamed! *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 2

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