Bad kitty: Cat bites can cause nasty infections

Three in 10 patients seeking treatment for hand bites were hospitalized, study finds

By Nathan Seppa, 14:04 PM February 10, 2014

It’s enough to make you think twice about roughhousing with a cat.

When a cat bites a person’s hand and the skin turns red, the wound needs prompt attention to prevent a deep-set infection that’s difficult to treat, a study finds. Nearly one-third of such bites that drove people to seek medical attention required the patient to be hospitalized, and many required surgery, researchers report.

Although cat bites have vexed emergency room doctors for decades, most research has provided only anecdot...

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