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  1. I was going to send this to you. This is what stuck out to me. Quote”The 68-year-old man was reluctant to visit his doctor about these nasty boils. It took him two months to see his doctor after they first appeared. The disease can cause fatal pneumonia in about 50% of cases. The red lumps on his face are where lymph nodes are sited.”
    He waited two months after his cat died and some doctor ascribed his catching this to his deceased cat with no necropsy or evidence from a supporting veterinarian. Much like toxoplasmosis is assigned to cats there are many ways to contract it. Made for a good cat hate story in the news though.

  2. The article “Francisella tularensis” on Wikipedia states that this bacterial infection was first discovered in ground squirrels, and is found in many classes of vertibrates, including birds, fish, reptiles and mammals. It can also be detected in invertibrates.

    Quote from Wikipedia, “Infection with F. tularensis can occur by several routes. Portals of entry are through blood and the respiratory system. The most common occurs via skin contact, yielding an ulceroglandular form of the disease.[citation needed] Inhalation of bacteria – particularly biovar F. t. tularensis, leads to the potentially lethal pneumonic tularemia. While the pulmonary and ulceroglandular forms of tularemia are more common, other routes of inoculation have been described and include oropharyngeal infection due to consumption of contaminated food and conjunctival infection due to inoculation at the eye.”

    Francisella tularensis as a glandular/skin infection falls under the category known as tularemia, an infectious disease causing symptoms of fever, skin ulcer, enlarged lymph nodes, and more rarely pneumonia. The most typical cause of tularemia is through the bite of infected ticks, deer-flies and mosquitoes. See the broader article “Tularemia” on Wikipedia. The very last paragraph reads, “Cats and dogs can acquire the disease from the bite of a tick or flea that has fed on an infected host, such as a rabbit or rodent. For treatment of infected cats, antibiotics are the preferred treatment, including tetracycline, chloramphenicol or streptomycin. Long treatment courses may be necessary as relapses are common.”

    There is no way that the veterinarian could prove definitively that this man’s cat passed this disease on to him.

    An even sadder fact is that this poor cat might have been cured through one or more courses of antibiotics had the proper diagnosis been made at the outset. Instead the cat was put through highly toxic chemotaxic drug therapy when in fact he did not have cancer. What a reflection on this veterinarian.😠😱😢

  3. Why do you….Note from Admin. Comment deleted because you are in breach of comment rules. You have insulted me. You’ll have to retry using respect and good manners. Then I will publish the comment.

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