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Feature April 2017 Issue

Understanding Cat-Scratch Disease

Cats younger than one year of age are more likely to have B. henselae infection and to spread it to us because of their tendency to scratch and bite during play.

Understanding Cat-Scratch Disease

This somewhat common zoonotic disease sounds scarier than it is, but precautions should be taken by people with compromised immune systems.

There is a variety of bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal diseases that can affect both cats and humans. These zoonotic diseases can be passed from an affected cat to her owner through touching, biting or scratching.

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