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Cat Scratch Fever

Monday, November 8, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

cat-in-carIs Cat Scratch Fever something that you should worry about?  It is true that getting scratched by a cat can lead to health problems.  But usually, there’s no need to get alarmed.  The disease is now known as Cat Scratch Disease and it’s caused by bacteria that can be transmitted from an infected cat to a human through a scratch or a bite.  Most of these cases are children who have been scratched my a kitten. Feral cats and kittens are more likely to carry this disease. Don’t try to touch or hold a feral cat without knowing the cats background. If you’ve been feeding  it and giving it treats for a while, you may be confident that it will not scratch or bite if held. Don’t get too confident.

The symptoms of Cat Scratch Fever are an infected wound, swelling of the lymph nodes and a fever.  In most cases, the disease is mild and no treatment is usually needed. However people with depressed immune systems should see a doctor because they may need antibiotics.