We had a maltese that die from narcotizing encephalitis. Can that be passed on to humans? or the infection th?

It seems my husband and I both have had a lot more infections (sinus infections, infected eye lids-oil glands, cuticle infections) lately and was wondering could we have caught it from the dog?

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  • 10 years ago
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    Sharon, you likely mean "necrotizing" encephalitis. It is NOT known to be infectious and the cause is not known. Necrotizing Encephalitis of Maltese is a form of necrotizing encephalitis of unknown etiology in Maltese dogs. Because initial reports of this kind of encephalitis appeared to be specific to the Maltese breed, the disease was called Necrotizing Encephalitis of Maltese or Maltese Encephalitis. The necrotizing encephalitis of Maltese (also called NME) causes forebrain signs, such as seizures, behavioral changes, visual deficits, and circling. The age of presentation varies between 6 months and 7 years.

    At this time there is no cause for your husband and you to worry. Hope you both soon are well again.

    For more information, please refer to the

    Merck Vet Manual. http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index ... 101600.htm

    A Practical Guide to Canine & Feline Neurology. Second Edition. By Curtis W. Dewey.

    Source(s): Merck Vet Medicine
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  • Erika
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    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Doubtful . . .

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