A new CDC report warning about cat-scratch disease as it is on the rise. The illness is spread by cats also referred to as cat-scratch fever.
In recent years, the disease could potentially fatal, complications.
What is cat-scratch disease
Cat-scratch disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted to humans when an infected cat bites or scratches a person. It also could infect if the cat licks a person’s open wound and the infection is usually mild.
It could become inflamed and painful for the person. It is also develop a fever, headache, loss of appetite and swollen lymph nodes.
The infection could spreads to the brain, eyes, bones, muscles or heart. It can be fatal if prompt medical attention isn’t receive.
Complications that require hospitalization are rare but they’re more likely to occur in people with compromised immune systems.
People with autoimmune disorders like lupus, Crohn’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis is at higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected.
According to the CDC, children age 5 and under are also at higher risk of complications since their immune systems aren’t fully developed.
Kids are also more likely to be exposed to the bacteria and become infected in the first place. In the study, the majority of patients treated were children ages 5 to 9.
To protect you and your family, you need to give your cats a monthly flea medication. Keep their nails trimmed and try to limit their time outdoors.
Don’t let cats lick your wounds and wash your hands after petting them.
Be extra careful around kittens and avoid them if you or your family have wounds. Cats younger than 1 year are more likely to carry and spread -B henselae bacteria.
Source :-Real Simple.com