Kittens DANGEROUS According To New Research
Most people would agree there’s almost nothing more adorable than a tiny, little kitten. Right? We almost instinctively tenderly pick it up, cuddle it, stroke it and play with it. We might even kiss it as we carry it around.
However, a story in The Telegraph claims such actions could actually be dangerous to a person’s health.
The paper says that according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States most people don’t realize that cute little kitten could be carrying a cat borne bacterial disease called Cat-Scratch Fever. The Center said the potential threat was discovered after it conducted a large-scale survey and found that the potentially fatal virus was higher than they thought. It causes fever, postules and, in extreme cases, complications from the disease could result in death.
The Center recommends that after playing with a kitten, people should wash their hands, avoid kissing their pet feline and make sure it is free of fleas. Kittens and stray cats are most likely to carry the disease which is spread when a person gets scratched by an infected cat. It’s also caused when a people fail to wash their hands, then put them in or near their mouths after stroking an infected cat. Kissing and rough play should be avoided at all costs. Pet owners should also be careful about how their pets interact with stray cats.
“The scope and impact of the disease is a little bit larger than we thought but Cat-Scratch is preventable if we can identify the populations at risk and the patterns of the disease,” said Dr. Christine Nelson, of CDC.
Now for the good news. Dr. Nelson said, although there is always a possibility of a cat owner becoming infected with the disease, it is rare. A survey indicated that annual incidences were 4.5 diagnosis per 100,000 population.
“It was more than expected but so rare that a person’s life may not actually be in any real danger after handling a kitten,” the doctor stated.