Huffingtonpost.co.uk - 20 September 2016 - Scratches from kittens could pass on a deadly disease, scientists warn

20 September 2016
Huffingtonpost.co.uk - 20 September 2016 - Scratches from kittens could pass on a deadly disease, scientists warn Cats Protection responded to a US study from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention which suggested that the impact of cat scratch disease is much greater than previously thought.

The disease is caused by a type of bacterium called Bartonella Henselae and is passed on when an infected cat licks a person’s open wound or bites or scratches a person hard enough to break the surface of the skin. Cats Protection vet Sarah Elliott said the incidence of cat scratch disease in the UK is extremely low, affecting between two and 10 people for every 100,000 and that regularly flea treating pet cats substantially reduces the risk of infection.