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Cats + Zoonosis and Human Health

  • Unfortunately anthrax is being used as a method of bio-terrorism and cats can be infected, as can most mammals. Birds are normally resistant to the disease. Different animals have different…

  • Yes. All cats have a large number of bacteria, such as Pasteurella multocida, in their mouths which can be transmitted to the bite wound. An infected bite wound can become red, swollen and…

  • Feline poxvirus is a member of the Orthopoxvirus group, which also includes vaccinia virus, the virus used as a vaccine in the successful eradication of smallpox. The virus cannot be…

  • Rabies is transmitted by a virus and is probably the most horrendous disease affecting warm blooded animals which include cats and humans. It is almost always fatal. The disease is usually…

  • Ringworm is a fungal infection of the superficial layers of the skin, hairs and nails. The fungi responsible for ringworm belong to a specialised group known as dermatophytes, and these can…

  • Cat scratch disease, or Cat scratch fever, is a disease of humans, not of cats. However, a cat scratch is often associated with the disease, although this is not believed to be the means by…

  • Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by infection with the organism called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a microscopic single-cell organism which is one of the most common parasites of animals.…


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