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“A cat bite is much worse than a dog or rat bite”!!

Publish Date15/05/2012 01:08:33 PM

Last Update15/05/2012 01:13:31 PM

“A cat bite is much worse than a dog or rat bite”!!

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.

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