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Bonneau, SC
A 41-year-old female asked:

can i catch toxoplasmosis from a cat scratch in the eye? my cat was born with this and even after treatment i had to put him to sleep. i've been sick

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Cat scratch disease: Cats carry a virus in their claws and i would guess that is what you have. Unfortunately there are no good medicines for it and it may just have to "burn out".
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
Cat srcratch
Mar 1, 2013
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
Cat scratch disease is not Toxoplasmosiis. Cat scratch is an infection from a bacteria called Bartonella Henslea. Treatment based on symptoms and exam, include antibiotics by mouth. If you are having problems see an ophthalmologist.
Mar 1, 2013
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Cat Scratch: Cats may carry toxoplasma gondi in their stools as oocysts which do not become infective for humans until about 7-10 days incubation in the litter box. Not transmitted by scratching. Cat scratch disease is caused by bartonella henselae and this bacteria can produce ocular disease, but this would have to be diagnosed by ophthalmologic exam. See a doctor soon.

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