Elderly man catches rare life-threatening disease from his pet cat


A pensioner who developed a rare glandular disease is believed to have caught it from his pet cat.

The 68-year-old man, from Missouri, suffered from a fever before experiencing two months of painful swelling on the right side of his neck.

He was then diagnosed with glandular tularemia, a rare disease caused by the Francisella tularensis bacterium, which has over a 50% chance of leading to fatal pneumonia.

The man, from Missouri, is believed to have caught the disease from his pet cat (Picture: The New England Journal of Medicine)

His cat had passed away just two days before the unnamed man’s symptoms began.

A vet had diagnosed the animal with feline leukemia without lab testing, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reports.

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The cat had been prescribed tablets for the condition, which the man had administered.

But doctors at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, have since determined that the pet must have been suffering from tularemia, which it passed on to its owner.

‘Domestic cats can become infected through the consumption of infected prey and can transmit the bacteria to humans,’ states the NEJM.

The man waited weeks until he sought medical attention, despite the lesions becoming progressively painful.

When he was eventually seen, he was treated with the antibiotic doxycycline for four weeks, with the lesions improving in five days and the condition clearing up three weeks after that, the NEJM said.





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