Cat Scratch Disease | Overview
Cat scratches and bites can cause cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection carried in cat saliva. The bacteria are passed from a cat to a human after the cat licks its paws then scratches human skin. Rubbing the eyes after petting a cat's fur can also spread cat scratch disease. Young kittens less than 1 year of age are more likely to scratch, increasing the likelihood of infection.
Cat Scratch Disease | Symptoms and Causes
What are the symptoms of cat scratch disease?
The following are the most common symptoms of cat scratch disease. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Cat Scratch Disease | Treatments
Treatment may include:
- blood tests
- antibiotics (to treat the infection)
- supportive care (to treat the symptoms that result from the infection)