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Cat allergies could be a thing of the past

Friday, 1st March 2013

People who suffer from cat allergies now have a reason to celebrate, after a team of Canadian scientists developed a new medicine which appears to be able to keep allergy symptoms at bay for up to two years at a time.

According to Medical News Today, researchers from McMaster University in Ontario reported that just four doses of their vaccine were necessary to prevent people from suffering from allergic reactions to cats, with the effects lasting more than 24 months.

While many people believe that cat allergies are caused by felines' hair, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) insists that it is actually due to the dead skin - called dander - which cats shed when they malt.

The vaccine is not yet on the market, although if it goes on sale it could improve the lives of millions of cat lovers who until now have never been able to experience the joys of pet ownership.