Posted: 22 September, 2016 by News

Scientists Find Cuddling Your Cat Could Kill You

Cuddling a kitten could kill you – a study has found.

Tags: cats, disease

Cuddling a kitten could kill you – a study has found.

Dubbed he “cat-scratch disease”, the illness can cause an intense fever, pustules and in the worst situations can result in death.

The bacteria is transmitted to humans when kissing or nuzzling cats or being scratched or bitten.

Dr Christina Nelson, of the CDC, told The Independent: "The scope and impact of the disease is a little bit larger than we thought.

"Cat-scratch is preventable. If we can identify the populations at risk and the patterns of disease, we can focus the prevention efforts."

How to avoid catching the cat-scratching disease: 

-       Always wash your hand.

-       Keep your own cat away from stray cats.

-       Don’t touch stray cats.

The study, which took place over eight years and surveyed over 13,000 cases of cat-scratch disease, found the annual incidence of the disease was 4.5 outpatient diagnoses per 100,000 population.  

Tags: cats, disease

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