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Domestic cat has Q Fever and its zoonotic — 10 Comments

  1. Per the CDC, zoonotic diseases carried and spread by cats to humans (from 2010):

    Afipia felis, Anthrax, Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae (Cat-Scratch Disease), Bergeyella (Weeksella) zoohelcum, Campylobacter Infection, Chlamydia psittaci (feline strain), Cowpox, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Cutaneous larva migrans, Dermatophytosis, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Neisseria canis, Pasteurella multocida, Plague, Poxvirus, Rabies, Rickettsia felis, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection (including the most dangerous new super-strain found only in cats), Scabies, Sporothrix schenckii (Sporotrichosis), Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasmosis, Trichinosis, Visceral larva migrans, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010]

    The following can now also be added to CDC’s list: Bird-flu (H1N1, H5N1, H7N2) , Bovine Tuberculosis, Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, Tularemia, Rat-Bite Fever, SARS, an antibiotic-resistant strain of Staph aureus (MRSA — Meticillin-Resistant Staph aureus) “The flesh-eating disease”, Leishmania infantum, and now even deadly Chaga’s disease.

    • Sal could you please tell us which diseases are spread from human to human or don’t list them just give me the number. And the same for dogs.

        • You think that are referring to the comment from a cat hater. I have not checked the list. But I am sure humans transmit far more diseases to other humans than cats do. And what about dogs?

          • Far less from dogs because it is majority law to keep dogs from running free in public areas where they could transmit diseases to other living things. Intelligent humans also take precautions from spreading diseases to one another. An unconfined cat has neither of those advantages. Even rats transmit far fewer zoonotic diseases than cats. Look it up. Being overran by a rat-infestation is actually healthier for a community than having a cat-infestation. No lie.

            • My question was not the prevalence of transmission of disease from dogs to humans but how many dog diseases are zoonotic.

              • Since dogs are not allowed to be without supervision or containment, I daresay far far less. They are less likely to contract all those diseases that cats bring home from all the places cats are allowed to freely roam today. Dogs may (and I stress “may”) be able to contract just as many zoonotic diseases, but since they can’t become infected (their containment preventing exposure to them and transmission to others) we may never know of how many actual zoonotic diseases are in the canine domain. Since you are so interested in the actual number of dogs’ zoonotic diseases, why don’t you look it up and report back to us, with a verifiable resource of your information, like the CDC. You can try to prove me wrong. I’m betting you won’t be able to (prove me wrong), just due to the logistics of how zoonotic diseases are transmitted from animal to animal. Dogs do not suffer anywhere near as much from the same negligent behaviors that the owners of cats engage in and promote to one another.

    • Agreed. It’s just that it’s unusual. I don’t recall this disease being discussed in relation to cats before.

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