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Pet owners urged to take good care of their animals to prevent fungal disease

Feb 25. 2021
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By The Nation

Dermatology experts at the Department of Medical Services said on Wednesday that cats may transmit fungal disease to humans.

Dr Somsak Akksilp, the department’s director-general, said fungal disease usually causes a red rash that may leave black marks on the skin, which takes a long time to fade.

“Other furry animals like dogs and hamsters may also transmit fungal disease,” he said.

Dr Mingkwan Wichaidit, director of the Institute of Dermatology, said the fungus commonly found in cats is Microsporum canis, which can give humans an itchy rash.

“The most vulnerable to fungal disease are children, the elderly and those with low immunity,” she said, adding that people with fungal disease should see the doctor immediately.

"To prevent transmission, people should wash their hands after touching their pets, have them vaccinated and take good care of their pet’s fur,” she said. “Pets should also immediately be taken to the veterinarian if they develop a rash or start losing fur.”

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