Fear of pet dogs is widespread in American society. Dogs, large and small, can inflict wounds that are at the least traumatic to the victim and at the most deadly. Many people who have had a bad experience with a dog at any point in their lives try to avoid large breed dogs or dogs that were breed for attack purposes such as Pit bulls, Doberman pinchers and Rottweilers. But while these breeds can be very intimidating and should be watched closely, most people are not aware of the extent that a much more innocuous seeming animal can injure. This pet is the cat.
While a cat may seem like a cute creature incapable of causing any harm, cats can be deadly. It is true that a cat, due to its small size, can not inflict the same trauma injuries that a dog can. But cats are capable of giving people a very serious disease.
Cat scratch disease (better known as cat scratch fever) generally begins as a benign infectious disease caused by the intracellular bacterium Bartonella. Depending on the type of bacteria and the physical state of the individual who contracts the disease, it can resolve itself within several days or it can turn into a blood infection that requires hospitalization.
Cat scratch disease is transmitted to a human when he or she is scratched or bitten by a cat. Kittens are more likely to carry the disease, but adult cats can transmit it as well.
Symptoms of the Disease
The symptoms of this disease come in two different types. They can be classic symptoms or atypical symptoms. Cat scratch fever first presents itself as tender and swollen lymph nodes. The site of the infection may have a papule. Symptoms to be on the lookout for when bitten or deeply scratched by a cat are:
o Abdominal pain
Atypical Forms of the Disease
These manif4estations of the disease affect various organ systems and include:
o Bacillary angiomatosis-skin lesions
o Bacillary peliosis-liver and spleen dysfunction
o Acute encephalopathy-generalized dysfunction of the brain
o Optic neuritis-retina dysfunction and neuropathy
o Perniaud’s syndrome-affects the white of the eye and lymph nodes near the ear
Pet owners are responsible for aggressive animals that may be carrying disease. For more information on cat scratch disease and legal liability involved with infections, contact Des Moines area attorneys.