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Cat allergy warning

3rd July 2007

A study by researchers at Imperial College London has found that cats can heighten allergic symptoms even in people who have no specific allergy to animals.

2,000 people were surveyed and scientists found a quarter suffered breathing difficulties related to cat allergens. Around 15% of the UK population is believed to have a cat allergy.

Lead researcher Susan Chinn said: "Our study suggests that all allergic individuals have signs of asthmatic responses if exposed to cat allergen, even if blood tests show that they are not allergic to cats. It appears that many individuals could benefit from reduced cat ownership and exposure."

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