Infection: the Fido factor

Patients are likely unaware they can get Campylobacter from their cat or S. typhimurium from their turtle, they note.

The researchers examined 332 articles on human infections acquired from pets, finding pets were a potential source of infection, especially in the very young and elderly, pregnant women and the immunocompromised.

Studies suggested doctors are not routinely discussing contact with pets during consultations, despite the potential for some patients to suffer severe disease, they said.

Household pets can transmit more than 70 diseases to humans, but only a handful