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Could a cat scratch be cause of death?
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: Yes
The bacterial infection called cat scratch fever sometimes kills especially by causing an encephalopathy.
An aggressive bacterial infection due to a cat scratch, as by some staphylococci, can kill in a few days; or an untreated infection by a more common bacterium might also turn septic and cause death. Of course these are rare; just do first-aid for the injury and watch it.

In brief: Yes
The bacterial infection called cat scratch fever sometimes kills especially by causing an encephalopathy.
An aggressive bacterial infection due to a cat scratch, as by some staphylococci, can kill in a few days; or an untreated infection by a more common bacterium might also turn septic and cause death. Of course these are rare; just do first-aid for the injury and watch it.
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