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Sick cats and immmunosupression

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Ok, sorry for the wierd question, but I want to foster cats. The local cattery has an overload of cats at the moment, but they also have an epidemic of sneezing cats (either claicivirus, chlamidia or herpes or a mix of all 3). This is not cat flu and they have a good survival chance. According to the literature these diseases are not infectious for people, but my question is this:

Has anyone been told that they shouldn't be exposed to cats, especially sick cats if they are taking immunosupression? (You not the cat re the immunosupression). I am on azathioprine.

Any experiences gratefully recieved.

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I don't know the answer Cath, but i do remember my brother-in-law, who is a vet, once suggesting that Clamidia IS transferrable from animals to humans.

i would have thought handwashing after handling a cat infected with this would be enough, but do not know.

We love cats, as do my in-laws. My father-in-law is currently being treated for cancer and being given regular cycles of chemotherapy, so with the doses being higher than that given for lupus, i would imagine he is far, far more immunosuppressed than your usual lupus patient.

However, he has just ben hospitalised with multiple infections, one of which resulted from his well immunised and pampered cat giving him a little scratch.

I suppose it all depends on just how immunosuppressed you are, and it is an interesting question.
Hi again. i just did a quick google ... diseases people get from their pets ... and a few threads came up.

Chlamidia was not LISTED but several others were. Might be worth a read.
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