Kill infected cats

The British cull of badgers who are thought to be responsible for the spread of Tuberculosis in cattle has once again raised the issue of cats suffering from the disease. While there have only been a handful of cats with the disease scientists at the University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies say that as many as 100 of every 100,000 cats could be infected by mycobacterium bovis - the type that affects cattle and badgers. The fear from medics is that cats whose trails are close to badgers and cattle and pick up TB and may then infect their owners in their own homes. Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore is recommending culling cats as well as the cattle who are infected.The picture shows a friendly encounter between cat and badger.

Sources Mail, Telegraph, University of Edinburgh 2013: Photo Websailor

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