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Sure, cats are adorable and fun, but can they be dangerous? A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has highlighted some of the dangers of owning felines, particularly when they scratch or bite you.

The report has found that cat scratch disease, which is also known as “cat scratch fever,” has more serious complications than doctors and researchers originally thought. The bacterial infection, which is passed to cats by fleas and then spread to humans through scratches, bites or allowing a cat to lick an open wound or scrape, can have serious complications such as heart and brain damage when left untreated. Other side effects include headache, fever, and swollen lymph nodes, USA Today reported.

The report also uncovered the prevalence of the disease, and highlighted that although it was extremely rare, each year about 12,000 people are diagnosed with cat-scratch disease, and of these, 500 require hospitalization. These incidences were highest in the U.S. southern states and in households with children aged 5 to 9.

By Dana Dovey, MedicalDaily, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com Sept. 21, 2016 

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