PetFAQCategory: HealthCan humans get cat mouth disease?
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Can humans get cat mouth disease?

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PetFAQ.netPetFAQ.net Staff answered 1 month ago

Cat scratch disease (CSD), also known as cat scratch fever, is a bacterial infection caused by Bartonella henselae. It’s a common infection that affects humans, especially children who come into contact with cats. However, it is not technically a “cat mouth disease.”

Cats can become infected with Bartonella henselae through flea bites, scratches, or bites from infected cats. The bacteria can then be transmitted to humans through bites or scratches from infected cats. In rare cases, the bacteria can also be transmitted through flea bites or contact with cat saliva on broken skin or mucous membranes.

Symptoms of cat scratch disease usually appear within 3-14 days of exposure to the bacteria. The most common symptom is a bump or blister at the site of the scratch or bite, followed by swollen lymph nodes, fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of malaise. In rare cases, CSD can cause more severe symptoms, such as neuroretinitis, a condition that affects the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss.

While cat scratch disease is not technically a “cat mouth disease,” it is still important to take precautions when handling cats, especially if you have a weakened immune system. To reduce the risk of infection, always wash any scratches or bites from cats with soap and water and avoid touching your face or eyes after handling cats. You can also take steps to prevent fleas by regularly treating your pets with flea medication and keeping your home clean.

In summary, humans can contract cat scratch disease from infected cats, but it is not a “cat mouth disease.” Symptoms typically include a bump or blister at the site of the scratch or bite, swollen lymph nodes, fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of malaise. While the infection is usually mild and resolves on its own, it’s important to take precautions when handling cats to reduce the risk of infection.

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Can humans get cat mouth disease?
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