The risk of catching TB from your cat is low; in rare cases, it's spread by coughing or through wounds.The first documented cases of people catching tuberculosis from their cats were recently revealed in England, but experts say cat owners have little to fear.
The four cases were all linked to a cluster of sick felines in England, all of whom had bovine tuberculosis, which is carried by cows.
The report said the risk of the public catching TB from cats is "very low."
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"This is an exceedingly rare, odd event, and there's no reason to be alarmed," Dr. Neil Schluger, chief scientific officer of the World Lung Foundation, told the New York Times. "Bovine tuberculosis represents maybe 1 percent of all the TB in the U.S., and the most common way to get it is drinking unpasteurized milk. Person-to-person transmission of TB is the only thing peopleRead More »from TB Transferred from Cats to Humans in First Documented Cases (But You Shouldn't Worry)