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Two people develop TB after cat contact

Two people have developed tuberculosis (TB) after contact with a cat in the first ever recorded cases of cat-to-human transmission, officials have said.

Public Health England (PHE) said two people developed tuberculosis after contact with a domestic cat infected with bacteria Mycobacterium bovis.

Vet Carl Gorman gives a cat check-up.
Vet Carl Gorman gives a cat check-up. Credit: ITV News

The bacteria causes TB in cattle (known as bovine TB) and in other animals.

Nine cases of Mycobacterium bovis infection in domestic cats in Berkshire and Hampshire were investigated by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and PHE last year.



Video shows newborn gorilla after rare C-section birth

A baby gorilla has been born at a US zoo after a rare Caesarean section was performed on her mother.

San Diego Zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons said the female baby, who has yet to be named, was under close observation after suffering complications from the birth on Wednesday night.

The mother, 18-year-old Imani, had never given birth before and was in distress after going into labour.

The baby gorilla weighs 4.6lb (2.1kg) and is the 17th to be born at the zoo.

Missing cat returns after eight years on the run

Leslie Corbett reunited with Jesse, who was missing for eight years. Credit: SWNS

A cat has been reunited with its owner after going missing for eight years.

Jesse was 18 months old when he bolted out of his cat box on the way to the vets near Mow Cop on the Staffordshire-Cheshire border in 2006.

Owner Leslie Corbett put up missing cat posters and searched the area for days but eventually gave up hope of a return.

But last month the vet telephoned Mrs Corbett to say that Jesse, who had been microchipped, was found "hanging around" nearby.

"We have absolutely no idea where he's been," she told the BBC. "All we know is he's happy and healthy."

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