England Reports Cat-to-Human Tuberculosis Transmission

We want to give our members a heads-up to a story that was published in today’s AVMA Animal Health Smart Brief about two people in England developing tuberculosis after contact with a domestic cat (you can sign up to receive Animal Health Smart Brief here.) While these are the first documented cases of cat-to-human TB transmission in the United Kingdom, the government agency Public Health England said the risk to the public is “very low.” Although M. bovis and M. tuberculosis have been transmitted to humans by a number of animals, it is a very rare event in the United States. We are not aware of any incidents of transmission from cats in the U.S., but that does not mean it is not possible.

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