The University of Edinburgh are currently investigating a cluster of tuberculosis (TB) infections in cats that may be linked to a certain type of raw pet food.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria and is spread between people and animals primarily through coughs and sneezes or through open skin wounds. There are several species of bacteria that can cause TB. Most cases that affect animals are caused by Mycobacterium bovis, which is commonly found in cattle, badger and deer. Cats can catch the disease too and this is usually caused by hunting wildlife, including rodents. They can also be infected by drinking contaminated raw milk or eating infected meat.
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