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

01/21/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), 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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