An Ohio woman has lost sight in her left eye after her pet cat licked her and caused an infection known as cat scratch disease (CSD).
Janese Walters told Toledo News Now in Toledo, Ohio, that at first she thought she had pink eye.
The condition initially confused the doctors, but as soon as she told them that she owns a cat, they suspected her of having contracted CSD. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Janese Walters (pictured) lost sight in her left eye after her pet cat licked her and caused an infection called cat scratch disease (CSD).
I looked in the mirror and I thought I had pink eye, or something. I went to the doctors and they couldn’t figure out for some time what it was.
Speaking to Toledo News Now, Dr. Kris Brickman from University of Toledo explained:
Anything that is exposed to the cat’s mouth — including if you have a little scratch that the cat licks — that’s how you get it
Dr. Brickman added that, while “cat scratch” isn’t a health risk to cats, it can be to humans. He went on to issue a warning:
Basically go play with your cats, but wash your hands afterwards. Don’t let them lick any open wounds, and try not to get bit by any cat.
2. Walters’ condition initially confused the doctors, but as soon as she told them that she owns a cat (pictured), they suspected her of having contracted CSD.
Walters admitted to having no knowledge of cat scratch disease before the doctors diagnosed her with the condition.
She now wants her painful experience to serve as a warning for others to take care of themselves, before it gets too late. She said:
It’s real important. You don’t want to lose your eye sight.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that CSD can affect the brain, eyes, heart or other internal organs.
While serious complications from the condition are rare, intensive treatment may nevertheless be required, according to the CDC.
CSD cases are most commonly seen among children aged five and younger, as well as among people with weakened immune systems.
3. A woman loses her eyesight after her pet cat licks her on the eye — a CBS News report.
Source: Toledo News Now.
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