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Cat owners concerned about threat posed by bovine TB

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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PET owners in Burton are becoming increasingly concerned about the possibility of bovine tuberculosis (TB) spreading to their cats.

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths said he had been contacted by several people who were concerned about the threat to the their pets and themselves, following reports of people in Berkshire contracting the disease from their cat.

Speaking during a House of Commons debate on bovine TB, Mr Griffiths asked Environment Secretary Owen Paterson for assurances regarding the threat to cats and humans.

He said: “I have had a number of emails from worried constituents recently who are concerned about the reports in the newspapers of TB spreading to cats and domestic animals. Can the secretary of state (Mr Paterson) tell us what analysis he has done of that and the risks incurred from it?”

Mr Paterson said the outbreak among cats was a ‘wake up call’, reinforcing the fact the Government needed to take action.

He said: “‘It just shows that this is a deadly serious disease. We’ve got to address it, not just in cattle but also in wildlife, because we want to have healthy cattle, healthy wildlife and healthy humans.”

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