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Concerns over feline TB
Charity stresses low risk after media reports

Cats Protection has responded to recent reports in the media concerning cats and tuberculosis (TB), stressing that cases of humans becoming infected by cats are very rare.

The statement highlights figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which report that only nine cats in the UK tested positive for Mycobacterium bovis in 2012.

"Many cats which have Mycobacterial infections have spontaneously-resolving skin lesions which are not a risk to people.

"Those cats which do have tuberculous Mycobacteria lesions are most commonly infected by a type of bacteria called Mycobacteria microti, which is caught from voles and is incredibly rare in people."

Further, the charity highlighted that there have been no reported cases of humans contracting TB from a cat, although rarely, cats have become infected with TB transmitted by humans.

Cat owners have been advised to seek veterinary advice is their cat is unwell or has a lump or wound.

"In 99% of such cases, the issue will not be due to any type of Mycobacterial infection, and rarer still to be caused by a type of Mycobacteria that can infect people," the charity says.

The Cat Group, which is made up of a group of cat welfare organisations, offers a policy statement on Mycobacterial disease in cats and man in the UK.

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.