FELINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY PUBLIC HEALTH ASPECTS


The risk of human infection from affected cats is not known, as the causative agent and its relationship to the causes of spongiform encephalopathy in other species are not known. Even if the agent is infectious to man, it is highly unlikely that a live cat could be a source of human infection. However, it would be prudent to handle all tissues taken post mortem from suspect cases with extreme care. FSE is a notifiable disease in the UK.



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