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Saturday, September 15, 2018

68-Year-Old Man Catches Life-Threatening Disease From Cat


Graphic images are roaming around Twitter after the New England Journal of Medicine is sharing the case of a man who contracted an infectious disease from his cat. According to health experts, the unidentified 68-year-old man caught a rare infectious disease called glandular tularemia. The graphic photo shows the man with bulbous, with red lesions on the right side of his face and neck. The patient visited his primary care doctor after experiencing a week-long fever, followed by two months of pain on the right side of his neck.

According to medical experts, the swelling on his neck turned out to be his lymph nodes, revealing the man had been infected with Francisella Tularensis, a high contagious toxic bacterium. The patient told his doctors that two days before his symptoms began, his outdoor cat had died of what veterans diagnosed as Feline Leukemia. Yet, that diagnosis had never been confirmed with a lab test, which is why doctors suspect the cat was sick from Francisella Tularensis as well.

What is tularemia?
I’ll be honest, I have never heard of this in my life, and frankly, I wish I hadn’t- I mean, just look at those giant boils! But, being the curious person I am, I researched it so you wouldn’t have to, and have the answers to all your questions. Francisella tularensis is actually very rare in humans. In 2016, the most recent year with accurate data available, health experts recorded 230 cases of the disease in the United States. The disease is more common in an animal, mostly in wild rabbits and mice. But, cats can become infected if they attack a sick mouse, which is probably what happened in this case. The disease can also be carried by deer flies and ticks.

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