Cat Scratch Fever
Cat Scratch Fever, also known as Cat Scratch Disease (CSD), is caused by the bacteria Bartonella. The disease can be transmitted through cat scratches, bites, and saliva. Though usually not serious, cat scratches and bites can, in some cases, lead to infections and other serious medical conditions, especially if the patient is already diagnosed with immune deficiency disorders.
Cat owners are responsible for supervising their pets and making sure others, especially children, stay safe. If you or a loved one has been involved in an unfortunate situation because of the negligence of a cat owner, contact the Iowa animal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Cat Scratch Fever Symptoms
Symptoms of typical Cat Scratch Fever include:
- A blister or a bump at the site of the scratch or bite
- Swollen lymph nodes near the injury site; chronic swollen lymph nodes
- Malaise, general discomfort associated with sickness
- Enlarged Spleen
Atypical CSD can cause other problems and disorders depending on which organ systems it affects in each case:
- Parinaud’s Syndrome, a type of conjunctivitis or pink eye, combined with swollen lymph nodes
- Optic neuritis, an inflamed optic nerve in the eye
- Vascular skin lesions
- Bacillary peliosis, a condition that mainly affects people with severe immune disorders
- Acute encephalopathy, or general brain dysfunction
To learn more about compensation from injuries and sickness inflicted by a cat, the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can provide you with assistance. Contact our offices at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.