HomeZoonotic DiseasesWoman says that she contracted Guillain-Barré syndrome by stroking a stray cat

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Woman says that she contracted Guillain-Barré syndrome by stroking a stray cat — 8 Comments

  1. As a person who suffers from serious auto immune disease the second I started reading I was SMH. In reading this I just wonder how many cats will suffer from this misinformation of information. Do you not think they get blame put on them enough? I also wonder what was this person’s real motive for spreading this misinformation?? If a Doctor really said this they need to take that medical certificate off the wall.

  2. As a person who suffers from serious auto immune disease the second I started reading I was SMH. In reading this I just wonder how many cats will suffer from this misinformation of information. Do you not think they get blame put on them enough. I also wonder what was this person’s real motive for spreading this misinformation?? If a Doctor realling said this they need to take that medical certificate off the wall.

  3. I would say that an occurrence of Guillain-Barre syndrome acquired from stroking a stray cat would be highly impossible to pinpoint or prove in any way. I totally agree with Jane. What motive could Gemma Birch have for making this claim? Ignorance, desperation, or financial? 😱😑😠

  4. The Mirror have got this badly wrong.

    G-B is an auto immune disorder, it can sometimes occur after periods of viral or bacterial infection or it can happen spontaneously. It has been known to occur after serious surgery, injury and even chemotherapy.

    It affects the myelin sheath of peripheral neural tissue.

    It is a syndrome, a set of symptoms. It is not a communicable disease. It is not communicable in any way It is a response of the immune system, nothing else.

    It is not zoonotic.

    It is not an infection.

    This woman most likely developed it after the campylobacter infection.

    This is 100% piss poor reporting, even for The Mirror. Does this woman not have any intelligent, rational adults to put her right on this matter? Is she just being a pathetic, compensation seeking snowflake?

    Guillaine-Barre is NOT caused by cats or any other animal.

    I call 100% Fimus tauri on this story.

    • Jane I have amended the article a bit. I added the following (is this right?):

      “Could campylobacter be picked up from stroking the cat and then it caused the autoimmune disease? Campylobacter can be found in the gut and faeces (poo) of animals. If it found its way onto the cat’s coat via faeces then stroking the cat could transmit the bacteria to Gemma?”

      • Better yes, thanks Michael…

        ….but, I believe that it is most likely to have been picked up via poor food hygiene practice or undercooked meat.

        I have never picked up Campylobacter and I have handle countless cats, many in a filthy condition when they have been badly neglected, injured or sick strays/ferals. I have never come across any cat rescue folk who have noted that they contracted it from a cat either.

        Here is an EG: Half of the UK population are positive for Cytomegalovirus, if a healthy adult picks it up, they might have symptoms of a slight cold, or they might not.

        This woman could have developed GB Syndrome from any number of infections she might have picked up, many are likely to be sub-clinical and all are likely capable of triggering GB symptoms.

        It is *10,000 expletives deleted* immoral of The Mirror (& this attention seeking woman) to be blaming this syndrome on a cat. Any doctor who blamed it on a cat needs some education too.

        The press are just 100% emetic.

        • Thanks Jane. How is the repair of your computer coming along? 🙂 Hope the week went okay from your health point of view.

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