Confessions of an owner who underestimated the danger in a cat bite

01/21/2013 | Washington Post, The

When her new cat fought with the resident feline, owner Marie Joyce tried to intervene and ended up with two deep puncture wounds to her arm from a bite that landed her in the hospital for four days on intravenous antibiotics. In retrospect, Joyce admits she made a series of mistakes. "[People] don't realize, being bitten by a cat, you've got a 1-in-2 chance of getting infected," said infectious disease specialist Princy N. Kumar of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

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