Cat Scratch Disease, or CSD, is a bacterial infection that can be transferred from cats to humans. While cats do not experience any ill effects of carrying the bacteria Bartonella, it can cause an infection of the lymph nodes in humans. While CSD is not life-threatening in most cases, more susceptible individuals, such as children and the elderly, may suffer serious side effects.
If you or someone you know contracted CSD from another party’s cat, the owner may be liable for any damages you sustained. Contact a Stevens Point personal injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to discuss the details of your case with an experienced professional. Call (800) 242-2874 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Cats contract the bacteria Bartonella from fleas; however, there has been no indication that fleas can pass the bacteria directly to humans. Statistics indicate that over half of cats will carry Bartonella at one point during their life, most likely while a kitten.
In over 90% of cases, people contract CSD by playing with cats. While the name of the disease implies that it can only be transmitted through scratches, a bite or lick can also spread the bacteria from cats to humans and cause an infection.
In order to prevent the spread of CSD, it is important to take caution when playing with cats, especially kittens. If you do sustain a scratch or bite from a cat, be sure to wash it immediately and apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. If the wound is not healing properly, or you are experiencing additional symptoms, such as a swollen lymph nodes or fever, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
If you have suffered from CSD and you believe another party was to blame, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your suffering. Contact the Stevens Point personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874 today.