The woman contracted cowpox from her cat, which had injuries to its paw. (NEJM)
A 28-year-old woman had eye surgery after developing a rare disease in her house cat.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the nameless woman from London is said to have developed cowpox after touching the cat and then her right eye.
She was in the hospital for five days when her eye turned red, swollen, and started discharging. Doctors feared that she might lose some of her eyesight.
The ophthalmologist Dr. Miles Kiernan, who treated the patient at the Royal Free Hospital in London, told Live Science, “Our concern was that the infection would permanently damage her eyesight or possibly spread beyond orbit.” [eye socket]. “
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The woman was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in Camden, London. (Getty)
Doctors first removed dead cells from her eye and also gave her antibiotics, but they didn’t work, the report added.
Two weeks earlier, medical professionals found that the woman’s cat had paw and head injuries.
Tests showed the animal had cowpox, a cousin of smallpox, and doctors then treated the woman with steroids and other drugs.
“Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on lesion swabs taken by a veterinarian were positive for orthopoxvirus, and a PCR test on a conjunctival swab from the patient was also positive for orthopoxvirus,” the researchers wrote in NEJM.
They added, “Genome sequencing confirmed the diagnosis of cowpox.”
The woman’s vision in her right eye returned to a perfect 20/20 after six months, but she still suffers from drooping of the eyelids and restricted eye movement.
Despite the smallpox eradication, Dr. Kiernan that “orthopoxviruses remained in certain parts of the world, including cowpox in Europe and monkeypox in central and west Africa”.
The UK is currently suffering from a monkeypox outbreak after two cases were discovered in Wales last week.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock released information about the outbreak while briefing a committee of MPs on the government’s handling of the COVID pandemic.
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He said, “As Minister of Health, you have to deal with outbreaks like this all the time. I am currently dealing with a monkeypox outbreak and cases of drug-resistant TB.” [tuberculosis], and that is absolutely standard.
“And the lack of that ability in the beginning meant we had fewer options.”
Ape pox is not easily transmitted from person to person, so the threat to the general public is considered minor.
According to reports, the first case of monkey pox came from someone who was infected abroad who then passed the disease on to someone in their household.
Both people were hospitalized, where one is staying.