|Drop it, Granny!|
The way the article below is presented, it almost sounds like "cat scratch fever" is the next avian flu. I think we all realize that if a kitten or cat scratches you, you should wash the scratches with soap and water to avoid it getting infected. Cat's claws are dirty, and scratched areas are going to get red and sore if you don't take care of them - most cat owners probably know that, yes?
Now there seems to be an increase in this cat scratch fever response for kids in the southern states. The article also warns against kissing kittens.
Kittens and puppies are renowned for being huggable and kissable - that is their main raison d'être to my mind. But now we are admonished to not do that with the little fleabags as children are more delicate these days (or something) and could get sick, or die. Yes, the article mentions that possibility too.
NPRThe study combed health insurance claims from 2005 to 2013, and charted when and where cat-scratch disease is most likely to strike. It found that about 12,000 people will be diagnosed with cat-scratch disease each year, and 500 of them will be sick enough to be hospitalized.