Is Kennel Cough Contagious to Humans

Is Kennel Cough Contagious to Humans?


The following are some of the signs that may indicate someone else has had kennel cough before you. These symptoms may not be present if you have never been exposed to the disease.

1) You or your child has not gotten sick with any other illness.

(If they do get sick, it’s usually because something else caused their sickness.)

2) Your child hasn’t developed any fever when tested for kennel cough.

(Fever is a sign that the body is fighting off another infection.)

3) Your child doesn’t develop any other symptoms such as coughing fits, runny nose, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing.

(These are all signs of being immune system overactive.)

4) If your child gets sick with any other illness, it’s usually because they got infected with kennel cough first.

(The body hasn’t developed an immunity to the disease yet.)

5) Your child doesn’t have any symptoms of a runny nose, sneezing, coughing or watery eyes.

(These are all signs of their body trying to build up a defense against kennel cough.

6) Your child doesn’t experience any respiratory difficulty, cold, fever, cough, sore throat or other common symptoms of kennel cough.

(Your child is probably immune to kennel cough.)

7) Your child hasn’t had any symptoms of kennel cough when they were at your favorite petting zoo.

(A lot of animals can carry the disease and pass it on to humans. Your child’s probably immune to kennel cough now.)

The symptoms of kennel cough may be immediate and obvious for other people, but it can be difficult to detect for others. If you have any concerns, it’s best that you ask your doctor or seek medical attention immediately.


Kenneth’s long been known as a childhood disease, but now the world has changed. In the current state, it’s become a permanent disease. A number of people have had their body succumb to the disease, never getting better, suffering from it for life. It’s also fatal, and many have died from it. This is why you need to take care when being around affected people.

Kenneth’s is caused by a bacteria called mycoplasma pirum, or MP for short. It’s found in animals like cats, dogs and other mammals. It’s passed on through bodily fluids, which is why you have to be extra careful around pets and kids. If you have a pet, it’s best you avoid letting other kids around it, as they might be carrying the disease.

The disease is contagious and can be spread by coughing or sneezing, or even just breathing. It’s very rare for an adult to get the actual infection however, and it seems animals are rarely affected.

When you do get infected, your body enters a state of fever and begins to produce mucus. You may experience headaches, sore throats or runny noses, and in some cases chest pain or trouble breathing. It’s not a pleasant disease to suffer through, but it’s manageable so long as you stay hydrated and get lots of sleep.

You’ll also need to keep from spreading the disease. This means staying away from children and pets, and depending on how bad your infection is, this might even include adults. It’s important to keep your mucus to yourself as well as using tissues when you have a coughing fit.

The best way to deal with Kenneth’s, however, is prevention. There are vaccines for the disease, but they can only be given to children, so if you’re old enough to read this then you’re most likely too old to be eligible. There are homeopathic vaccines as well, but these have rarely proven effective.

The best way to avoid getting Kenneth’s is to not socialize with animals or children and if you do, make sure to keep a safe distance away from them. If you’re going to be with a bunch of kids or animals, make sure you keep extra sanitary. It’s also a good idea to always wash your hands after coming in contact with an animal or a child.

You can identify an animal or a child with Kenneth’s aura by looking out for symptoms of the disease such as runny noses or coughing. If you see someone with these symptoms, it’s best to stay away from them, especially if you’re in a place with lots of people or no chance to easily clean yourself.

Kenneth’s can be a miserable disease to suffer through, but it isn’t normally fatal. Most people will get better within a week, but it’s best you seek medical attention just to make sure. If you start to feel worse or if your symptoms don’t start to get better within three days, go see a doctor. You can also go to the hospital and tell them you have Kenneth’s symptoms, as they’ll be able to help you faster.

You’ve learned a lot about Kenneth’s today. You should share this knowledge with people you care about, so that they know how to help you if you’re sick in the future. Remember, stay away from children and animals, wash your hands after being around them and if you start to feel sick then go see a doctor. Good luck, and thank you for buying this book.

1. KeyBored88 Says:

March 3, 2042

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This is a nice break from all the other stuff I’ve been studying. The guide was a nice touch. It’s like an interactive book! Too bad I don’t have anyone to talk to about it though. Sure, I could just go spam my tumblr with it, but then I’d have to deal with humans.

Oh well, I’ll post it online later.

Kenneth’s is really interesting. I had no idea that it could be spread by cats.

I wonder if the vaccine reduces the chances of cats infecting you or not?

I should look into that…

2. KeyBored88 Says:

March 5, 2042

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After a quick search, I guess my initial guess was right. The vaccine doesn’t do all that much to prevent you from getting infected. It seems the vaccine only lessens the symptoms. The illness is still bad enough that you’re not going to want an animal licking your face and possibly infecting you.

More reason for me never to own one I guess. Though, now I feel sort of bad for my neighbor’s dog. It’s not its fault it’s bound to such a neglectful owner.

3. KeyBored88 Says:

March 16, 2042

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I think my body is starting to build up an immunity to Kenneth’s based on my research. Every article I’ve read says the first outbreak is usually the worst and you build up an immunity after that. Guess I’ll just have to live with the sniffles. Also, I think my body is building up an immunity to boredom as well. At least I sleep a lot less now.

Boredom is starting to become more of a factor in my life now. Even with the O.C. Documentary Series coming out this year (and let me tell you, researching that was pure bliss), it still doesn’t take all that much time to get through. I probably only finished about 40 percent of it.

It doesn’t help that I have to actually go to class anymore either. Between that and work, I don’t get as much time to write.

I think part of the problem is I’ve already read through most of the material the library has to offer. Now that I’ve looked through all of the useful stuff, I’m down to reading articles written in Korean about various medical breakthroughs that I can’t understand. I don’t think I’m going to learn anything new by reading them, but I still try out of habit.

The biggest problem is that I don’t really have anyone to talk to. Kenneth is nice and all, but he’s rather…well boring. We have some stuff in common, but not enough that I feel like calling him up and saying, “Hey, you won’t believe what I found out about the Zika Virus today!

Number 5 on this list is particularly funny!

Want to hear all about it?

Maybe I just need to get out and meet some more people. Like I said, the problem is that there aren’t many people my age around here. The ones that are tend to be nice enough, but they’re all just as boring as Kenneth. I guess that makes sense though. Most of the people going into neuroscience are probably a bit on the quiet side. It’s not like you become a neuroscientist because you want to party all the time.

I remember there was a point in time where I wanted to be a rapper. I think my mother would have been proud if I pursued that career path. She always did like my rapping.

4. KeyBored88 Says:

March 24, 2042

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There’s a girl in my Neuroscience II class that’s pretty cute. I think she is, at the very least, worth adding to my list of potential friends. The problem is I’ve never been very good with talking to girls. Especially cute ones in my classes.

She’s a couple years younger than me, but that shouldn’t matter too much. After all, I’m surrounded by teenagers all day long at work and am able to hold up somewhat of a conversation with them. Granted, some of them may be a bit immature at times, but I manage.

Thing is, I don’t really know what to say to her. I’ve thought about trying to talk to her before, but I just get too nervous. Maybe I could start out as a friend and then maybe…no, that won’t work.

I need to get over this now before it gets too late.

Okay Eric, you can do this. It’s just a tiny little girl. She can’t eat you.

I think I’ll start off with saying hi when she walks into class. Worst case scenario, she ignores me. Best case scenario, she’s so shocked that I spoke to her that she becomes immediately attracted to me and we have mind-blowing monkey… err…

I mean… um… science fun together. Yeah.

Okay, I better get ready for her now….

5. KeyBored88 Says:

March 24, 2042

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I don’t know what the hell was worse. The fact that she didn’t notice me, or the fact that I was so nervous that I nearly missed my bus stop because I was staring at her while walking to my apartment.

She didn’t even notice me.

The worst part is I don’t know if it’s because she didn’t see me or if she was just ignoring me. What a way to ruin my entire weekend. I’m not sure if I want to go back to class now and have her potentially ignore me again, or just drop the class because I don’t want to deal with this anymore.

I can’t afford to do that though. I really need all the credits I can get if I want to graduate on time. Which means I have to face this girl again. Ugh!

Why did this have to happen?

It was going so well for me too.

I thought neuroscience was going to be easy.

I mean, how hard is it to remember the names of the cranial nerves, the areas of the brain and all that other stuff?

It’s not like I’ll ever need to use any of it ever again once I graduate.

But no, I have to stick with it because there aren’t that many students in my class. Most of them dropped because it was too hard for them. I can’t drop. I won’t drop. But I need to pass.

I need to pass because I have no other choice in the matter at this point in time.

The only thing I can think of is to try talking to her again. Maybe she’ll respond this time around if I do it more than once.

I’m such an idiot for not doing this in the first place.

Why didn’t I just talk to her sooner?

Oh yeah, because I got stuck under a huge blanket and pyramid scam.

Maybe there will be another group project in this class. If there is, I’m going to make sure I get paired up with other people. Not just anyone though. Anyone but her. There are other people in that class that I can work well with.

There’s an Indian kid who sits in the front row that gets average grades, but seems pretty smart. I could work with him. There’s also a big guy who sits in the back that looks like he’d be good at grappling type things. He’d be better for carrying stuff around.

I’m such an idiot!

Why couldn’t I have been paired up with either of them in the first place?

! I had one job! One stupid little job and I screwed it up.

Maybe there won’t be another group project. Maybe Professor Mad will give us an individual final, like a research paper or something. If that’s the case then I can still pull out of this with a good grade. All I have to do is pick the right topic, do enough research to make it believable, then write it up well. I’m good at writing, so that won’t be a problem.

I guess I’ll just have to cross that bridge when I come to it though. Right now, my first priority is to talk to her again. I need to get past this mental block I have. I wonder if they sell any pills for that.

I just need to brace myself and do it as soon as I get to class tomorrow. Wish me luck internet!

5. KeyBored88 Says:

April 1, 2042

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That didn’t go quite as planned. Not even close.

What was I thinking?

I’m never going to be able to look at her ever again after what happened today. I can’t believe this mess.

How did this happen?

The weekend can’t come fast enough.

6. KeyBored88 Says:

April 2, 2042

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I didn’t go to class today. I’ll finish out the week then drop the class on Monday. I can’t be around her. Not after what happened.

I need to move on with my life and get over this once and for all. What I should have done in the first place.

I need a change of scenery anyway. There’s no future in what I’m doing right now.

Is this what my life has come to?

I was going to be a doctor once.

There’s got to be something else out there for me. It’s just a matter of finding it.

I’m not going to stay here and be miserable.

7. KeyBored88 Says:

April 4, 2042

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What am I going to do with my life?

8. KeyBored88 Says:

April 5, 2042

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Okay, I’ve thought this through a lot over the weekend.

I’m moving to Nevada.

I looked up hotels in Reno and there are a few employment opportunities there as well. It’s a big change, but I think it’ll be good for me. Plus I can’t stay here anymore. There are just too many bad memories.

It looks like the hiring season is still in full swing out there so I should be able to get something at one of the hotels on the strip. If not, something else will come up. I’m not worried.

This is something I have to do.

9. KeyBored88 Says:

April 6, 2042

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I just got off the phone with my mom. Told her I was leaving and why. She tried to tell me to stay, but this is something I have to do. I’ve only ever caused her pain. I thought I was doing a good thing taking over for my dad, but I believe it would have been better in the long run if she had just divorced him and found someone else to love.

I’ve packed almost everything that I care about into my car already so when I get off work tonight, I’ll be ready to hit the road. It’s a four day drive from here to Nevada so I should get there sometime Tuesday evening.

I just hope I can find a job quickly out there. I don’t want to resort to being a stripper again.

10. KeyBored88 Says:

April 7, 2042

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Drove straight through, only stopping for gas and bathroom breaks. I should be at Grandma’s by tomorrow evening. Wish me luck. I’m going to need it.


1. KeyBored88 Says:

April 8, 2042

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I’m back at Grandma’s house.

I don’t know where to start. I guess I’ll try to describe what happened when I got here. I don’t even know if I should call the police or if I should just try to put this whole mess behind me and just try to move on with my life.

Grandma didn’t come home last night. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’m not worried about her. At this point I’m almost numb to whatever horrible things I imagine may have happened to her. It’s just something I’ve had to accept.

I walked into the house and was immediately hit with an extremely foul odor. It smelled a lot like what I imagine a dead body would smell like. I immediately thought about how my night was going to be spent cleaning up a rotten corpse.

I flipped on the lights in the living room and saw her sitting in her recliner. She was wearing the same outfit she had on yesterday.

She was dead.

I’m still in shock, but I’m going to call the police in a few minutes and let them know. I need to take care of a few things first.

I can’t stop looking at her. The smell is still very strong in here and I’m not sure when the last time she washed her clothes was. Her body is just beginning to grow stiff. She’s still clutching that cross-stitch that she had been working on for the past month or so.

I don’t know what happened to her. The police will know more, but I doubt if they’ll tell me much. I’m going to miss her. I know it’s silly to feel that way given the circumstances, but I can’t help it.

I wish she had just moved in with me. Things would have been so much easier for her. She would still be alive and we could have spent more time together. Even if we only got along for the past few months, it was better than nothing at all.

I think I’m going to go sit with her for a while.


2. KeyBored88 Says:

April 8, 2042

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The police came and took Grandma away. The coroner will determine the cause of death and try to find out what happened in the next few days or weeks, depending on how busy they are. I don’t envy them their job. I remember when my dad died. It was just me and my mom for a while until she met Frank, the stepdad from hell.

That still leaves me here in this house by myself. I know I’m probably being crazy by continuing to stay here, but I feel like I should at least wait until the investigation is over before I do anything. Plus, there’s nothing really tying me to this place. No friends, no family. It’s just me and a bunch of ghosts.

Speaking of which, I keep seeing the ghost of my Grandma wandering around the house at night. She just stands in place and gives me a sad look. I wish she’d talk to me or something rather than just stare. I can’t even ask her what she wants or if she’s happy now that she’s dead or anything. It’s so frustrating!

I went back to school today and everything seemed so much different. The world hadn’t changed, but my perception of it had. I’m not really sure how to feel about anything.

I guess I should start from the beginning. This is going to be a long entry. I’m just unsure of where to start so I’ll pick a spot and go from there.

Okay, so after the police took my Grandma away, I stayed at home for a few days. I didn’t want to stay here alone so I went and stayed with a friend from school. His parents were out of town for the weekend, so it was the perfect time to hang out there.

I’ll admit that I sort of stole some of their Xanax while I was there. Not a lot, but like a half dozen or so. I also stole my friend’s dad’s liquor and when I got home, I drank most of it. I don’t even like the taste of the stuff (and it tastes like rubbing alcohol), I just wanted to get drunk.

I ended up passing out for a few hours and didn’t really sleep because of all the alcohol I had in my system.

I kept having this recurring nightmare where I was back in school and all my classmates were laughing at me and calling me fat.

I woke up in a panic, not really knowing where I was. It took me a few minutes to realize that I wasn’t at my house or in my bed. It took me even longer to realize that I was at my friend’s house and in his bed where I had passed out.

I looked at the clock and it was 4 AM. Since I had woken up, I figured I might as well get back home since I had school in a few hours anyway.

I walked up to my friend’s bathroom and looked in the mirror while I was brushing my teeth. I felt like puking. I didn’t feel right and my head hurt, even with just a toothbrush in it. Still, I managed to get enough of the taste out of my mouth that I wouldn’t throw up immediately once I got home.

I got back to my house a few minutes later and stopped in the middle of the street. My chest started to hurt and I felt weird. I couldn’t quite catch my breath. I thought I was having a heart attack or something.

That’s when I saw her…

Standing in the middle of the street, was my Grandma. She had this sad look on her face. I could have sworn she said something, but the wind was blowing really hard that night so I didn’t quite hear her.

I called out to her, but she just turned around and walked away. I ran after her, but I couldn’t catch up. By the time I got to where she was last standing, she was gone. I ended up tripping on an exposed root and hit my head on a tree.

I woke up the next morning in the same clothes that I had worn the night before. I had pine sap in my hair and a small cut on my forehead where it had bled a little.

I have no idea how I got home or even when I got there. The last thing I remember is seeing my Grandma and trying to talk to her. The funny thing is that she looked the same as she did the night that the cops took her away…

I’ve been having nightmares ever since. The first one I remember was about my Grandma. In the dream she was calling out to me for help, but I couldn’t find her no matter how hard I tried. The next one was about my ex-girlfriend. She was standing on the roof of my old school.

She kept screaming at me that she was sorry before jumping off.

There are more dreams, but I’m not going to share them with you. Not even Penny knows about them. These aren’t normal dreams though.

Sources & references used in this article:

Grease, anthraxgate, and kennel cough: a revisionist history of early veterinary vaccines by I Tizard – Veterinary Vaccines and Diagnostics; Schulz, RD, Ed.; …, 1998 –

Canine respiratory viruses by C Buonavoglia, V Martella – Veterinary research, 2007 –

Forty years of canine vaccination by MJG Appel – Advances in Veterinary Medicine, 1999 –