Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dog and cat bed ever in the infection is around the corner

LONDON - Although it is considered man's best friend, it is best to keep him away from the sheets. Who has a dog or a cat in the house often treated as a child or a family member. Many are unaware, however, that the pampering of a pet, while making good mood, can be a vehicle of infection, from the mundane to the most serious.

The experts say the University of California. In particular, Bruno Chomel, a professor of the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, the journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) United States, Emerging Infectious Diseases, has published a study in which pooled the results of an extensive list of studies.

What emerges is that the United States from Britain, France, Holland, many are zoonoses that the animal attacked the man. There is, for example, a 9 year old boy who contracted the plague in Arizona after sleeping with his cat because of a flea. A sixty-year English instead became ill with meningitis had kissed on the mouth of the dog house.

A couple have been infected with MRSA (stafilicocco aureus) repeatedly because it left the dog resting under the covers. Sleeping with Fido, again, for some it meant getting sick of anchilostomiasi: a worm penetrates the skin and reaches the duodenum, where it is nested. But in the rich list, there is also the ringworm (a type of fungus), inflammation caused by intestinal roundworms (another family of worms) or cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection very dangerous for children.

Finally, the report also speaks of drug-resistant staph. At greatest risk are the young, the elderly, and those whose immune systems are compromised, such as transplant patients, diabetics and people with HIV. We must say that the cases reported in the study are also quite rare. However, the CDC points out that 60 percent of all human pathogens may also be transmitted from one animal, while more than 100 of the 250 zoonotic diseases identified so far come from their pets.

For example, a CDC study showed that about 14 percent of the U.S. population was infected with nematodes, parasites that cause toxocariasis. Just get in contact with the sand used by the cat litter, because the eggs and larvae of this parasite are just in the faeces. This is not scaremongering fgare, scholars say, you pretty much take care of their pets because a dog or cat healthy are unlikely vehicle of infection.

According to Larry Kornegay, president of the American Veterinary Association, are concerned with rare examples: who keeps an animal in the house simply dictated by common sense precautions to minimize the risks. For example, after playing with the dog or cat, you should always wash their hands.

Also regularly take them to the vet for a check is a great way to make an experience of living with an animal without risk to health.

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