Dog Kennel Cough in Humans

Posted July 31st, 2010 by admin

Human Health Risk
Catching Kennel Cough

Generally, Tracheobronchitis, or Kennel Cough, is not thought to be a serious risk to most humans.  As in many things, there are always exceptions—Tracheobronchitis is no exception.  Today there is research to suggest that individuals with weakened or compromised immune systems may be at risk to catch this disease.  Young children fall into this category.  Care should be taken to keep these “at risk” individuals from coming in contact with infected animals, or ones showing signs of symptoms of the disease.

This is an upper respiratory ailment in humans, and is caused by an invading bacteria or virus—much like the common cold, and would generally be treated as such.  This illness will affect the sinus and airways, and treatment should be based on where the infection harbors.  Good hygiene and strengthening of the immune system can help prevent and lower the incidence of the illness.  However, those individuals who would be considered in the “at risk” category should see their doctor.  Like all upper respiratory illness, this infection, if not appropriately treated could become more severe—even progressing to pneumonia.  Being cautious is being forewarned, and being forewarned is being forearmed.

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