News from across the continent
15/05/2012 01:08:33 PM
14/05/2012 01:03:24 PM
11/05/2012 01:02:08 PM
10/05/2012 01:21:29 PM
09/05/2012 01:36:30 PM
08/05/2012 01:48:15 PM
07/05/2012 01:33:15 PM
04/05/2012 01:47:02 PM
Publish Date15/05/2012 01:08:33 PM
Last Update15/05/2012 01:13:31 PM
Many people may not be aware that 50% of cat bites turn infectious compared with only 15-20% of dog bites that turn infectious, reported the Dailymail.
Due to the thin, sharp, penetrating teeth a cat has (including domestic vaccinated cats), their bites inject the victim with bacteria that will not be killed by a simple wash of the wound.
If the bacteria travels from the soft tissue of the bite into the bloodstream or other areas of the body, the simple infection could become deadly, especially if the person does not received the right treatment immediately.
“A cat bite is much worse than a dog or rat bite. It’s the worst animal in the UK to be bitten by”, said a nurse at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
“Their mouths are filthy, swimming in bacteria. But because it’s so rare that they bite, it’s not widely talked about”, the nurse added.
A cat`s mouth harbors a bacteria known as Pasteurella multocida, which is capable of producing a serious systemic infection if introduced under the skin surface. Another danger is the risk of rabies.
“Obviously being bitten by a stray cat is far worse, due to rabies, but bacteria such as Pasteurella are often missed by GPs”, thereby it is crucial to go to a hospital with a cat bite, said Dr Seneviratne from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
Experts advise if one is bitten by a cat, he/she must clean the bite immediately with soap and water, rub alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding (if there is one), place a clean bandage and seek medical care.
Opinions expressed at ICN.com are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the opinion of ICN.com or its management, shareholders, affiliates and subsidiaries. ICN.com has not verified the accuracy of any claim or statement made by any independent writer and is reserved as their own and ICN.com is not accountable for their input. Any opinions, news, research, analysis, prices or other information contained on this website, by ICN.com, its employees, partners or contributors, is provided as general market commentary and does not constitute investment advice. ICN.com will not accept liability for any loss or damage, including without limitation to, any loss of profit, which may arise directly or indirectly from use of or reliance on such information. The data contained on this website is not necessarily real-time or accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market prices, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. ICN.com does not bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.
©2012 ICN.COM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED