Family pets could pose a health risk.
Family pets could pose a health risk.

Pets a threat: vet

FAMILY members have been warned that they could be at risk of contracting diseases from their pets.

Vet student Tess Bailey, who is currently at Grafton Veterinary Clinic, has written a report highlighting the threat of Q-fever which is caused when bacteria is transferred from animals to humans, mainly through inhalation of infected aerosols.

"It can survive in the environment for long periods of time," she said.

While Q-fever is most commonly transferred to humans from cattle, recently there have been cases involving transmission to humans from dogs and cats and it has been shown that any animals can be carriers.

For more information contact your doctor or veterinarian.



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