Cat-Scratch Disease Is Putting More Infected People In The Hospital
While rare, the infection can cause heart and brain complications.By Lauren Stephenson | September 20, 2016
Your cute, snuggly feline can make you sick.
Cat-scratch disease is real. And apparently, an increasing number of people infected with it are being hospitalized.
According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 12,500 people are diagnosed with the illness each year. The incidence of diagnosis decreased between 2005 and 2013. But the number of people diagnosed who required hospitalization increased from 3.5 percent between 2005 and 2007 to 4.2 percent between 2011 and 2013.