Cat Scratch Disease (cont.)
In this Article
- Cat scratch disease facts*
- What is cat scratch disease? What are cat scratch disease symptoms?
- Can my cat transmit Bartonella henselae to me?
- How can I reduce my risk of getting cat scratch disease from my cat?
- How can I find more information about cat scratch disease?
How can I reduce my risk of getting cat scratch disease from my cat?
- Avoid "rough play" with cats, especially kittens. This includes any activity that may lead to cat scratches and bites.
- Wash cat bites and scratches immediately and thoroughly with running water and soap.
- Do not allow cats to lick open wounds that you may have.
- Control fleas.
- If you develop an infection (with pus and pronounced swelling) where you were scratched or bitten by a cat or develop symptoms, including fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue, contact your physician.
How can I find more information about cat scratch disease?
Cat-Scratch Disease in Children - Texas, September 2000 - August 2001. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Unraveling Mysteries Associated with Cat-Scratch Disease, Bacillary Angiomatosis, and Related Syndromes. Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal. January-March 1995, Volume 1, Number 1.
Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Encephalitis Associated with Cat Scratch Disease - Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Florida, 1994. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. December 16, 1994 / 43(49);909,915-916.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
Last update: 6/23/11
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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