You love playing with your cat, but there’s always the chance that she’ll scratch you from time to time. It happens. But, could that scratch cause you health issues? According to CBS News, the Centers for Disease Control recently released a report that showed that 12,000 people are diagnosed with cat scratch fever every year in the U.S. If not treated, cat scratch fever can lead to two conditions that are deadly.
Apparently, 35 percent of cats have the bacteria that causes cat scratch fever, children are among the highest at risk for getting sick. The best thing you can do is wash your hands regularly to remove bacteria. If you do get bitten or scratched, keep your eye on the area. If it becomes red or inflamed, contact your doc, as the condition can be treated with antibiotics.
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