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Diphtheria in Cats.

Medical men have now for some time had their attention drawn to disease m the lower animals coincident with diphtheria m the human subject, and reason has been found for suspecting domestic animals to be concerned m the spread of epidemics of diphtheria and other allied throat diseases. Dr Turner, the Hertfordshire health officer, m particular, has reported on the existence of a malady of a diphtheritic nature m various of the lower animals, especially m cats, and he has adduced instances m which domestic pets have been the first to suffer m localised outbreaks. Dr Bruce Low, m reporting on an extensive epidemic of diphtheria m Enfield m 1888, dre wattention to the large number of cats that suffered at the time, there being an unusual mortality among them ; and he quoted an instance where a boy ill of diptheria infected a cat, which m turn infected a second cat, the latter being the playfellow of four little girls, who nursed it during its illness, and themselves, one and all, contracted the disease, no other source of infection being discoverable. The same sort of evidence comes to us from America. But a distinct advance has since been made m connection with the etiology of diptheria, and Dr Klein, m a report contained m the volume just issued by the Medical Department of the Local Government Board m 1888, details an experiments which he has made on cats with human diphtheritic membrane, and gives an account also of his inoculation of rodents and birds with the false membrane of the disease. In regard to these two latter the results were indefinite, but they were notable where cats were used. In fact, upon inoculation of these animals, Dr. Klein lias produced pathological conditions which have general similarity to those of diphtheria m the human, and which are found capable of being reproduced by inoculation into other healthy cats. Tlvese results are extremely significant, and one cannot but think that if the Bard of Avon were with us now the accumulated evidence against poor pussy as a disseminator of fatal disease would have led him to modify somewhat his opinion concerning ' the harmless, necessary cat. 1

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Diphtheria in Cats., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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Diphtheria in Cats. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890