You can get Tuberculosis from your cats and dogs

April 30, 2007 4:38am CST
Most of us have our pets be it a dog, a cat, or other small domesticated animals. Some of us treated them like a family member. We cuddle them. We sometimes let them sleep in our bed. Or do stuffs our kids can. But do you know that we can get a number of diseases from our pets including the deadly tuberculosis? Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis can infect cats and pass them on to humans or vice-versa. Symptoms in pets include nodules, non-healing wounds or respiratory diseases. Persons who are immuno-compromised like the babies and young kids, the elderly, and those with HIV or diabetes should be cautious when handling pets.