Human tuberculosis from pet cat

Health officials in England confirmed that two people contracted tuberculosis from a pet cat, marking the first known cat-to-human transmission of the bacterium. Mycobacterium bovis was identified in the cat and both people, who are recovering. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is more commonly the cause of tuberculosis in humans. Veterinary disease experts said cat-to-cat transmission cannot be ruled out, in part because among nine TB cases investigated in cats, six of the animals found to be infected lived within 250 yards of one another. Experts stressed that the situation is unusual and overall risk to humans is very low. BBC (3/27), The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/28), CBS News/The Associated Press (3/27)

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