Cat Scratch Disease (cont.)
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
Cat-Scratch Disease in Children—Texas, September 2000—August 2001.
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.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionLast Editorial Review: 6/23/2011
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