Man catches rare disease ‘from his CAT’ leaving him with giant boils on his face


A man is believed to have caught a rare disease from his cat which left him with huge boils on his face.

The man, from Missouri, US, first suffered with a fever and then began to have painful swelling on the right side of his neck.

He was diagnosed with glandular tularemia, a rare disease caused by the Francisella tularensis bacterium which can lead to fatal pneumonia in more than half of cases, the People reports.

Doctors reportedly believe it originated from his pet cat.

The man suffered boils on his face

About two days before the 68-year-old showed any symptoms, his cat died after a vet diagnosed it with feline leukemia without lab testing, according to reports.

It is believed the cat must have been suffering from glandular tularemia when its owner was treating it with medication.

The case was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, which said: “Domestic cats can become infected through the consumption of infected prey and can transmit the bacteria to humans.”

The Francisella tularensis bacteria (file photo)

The report said the patient was treated with antibiotics for a month and the lesions improved within five days and had gone within three weeks.

Symptoms of glandular tularemia can include skin ulcers, fatigue, fever, headaches , swollen lymph nodes and chills.

It is generally contracted through the bite of an infected tick or deer fly or from handling sick or dead animals.

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