Saturday, 8 September 2012

Infection risk posed by cats revealed


Experts say more research is needed into a disease spread by cats after figures show an estimated 350,000 people a year in the UK become infected with toxoplasmosis.
Although only a minority of people - between one and two in every 10 - has symptoms, advisers say extra measures to control the disease may be needed.
The disease is spread by direct contact with cats or eating contaminated food.
The Food Standards Agency has released an official report.
Cat owners are assured that the risks can be managed with good basic hygiene and common sense.
British Veterinary Association past president and veterinary surgeon Harvey Locke said: "The biggest threat is to pregnant women and those who are immuno-compromised, which we have known for some time. It is useful to reiterate that they should take extra care but there is no need for people to get rid of their pet cats or choose not to have cats as pets."

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