Woman Loses Sight In One Eye After Cat Licks Her

Don’t forget to wash your hands.

Janese Walters is the victim of a rare disease known as “cat scratch,” which is passed on by cats through a bacteria in their saliva and fur.

Janese Walters is the victim of a rare disease known as "cat scratch," which is passed on by cats through a bacteria in their saliva and fur.

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After waking up one day having lost the sight in her left eye, Walters puzzled doctors for a month, struggling to diagnose her. When she brought up the fact she had a pet cat, doctors finally thought of the solution.

After waking up one day having lost the sight in her left eye, Walters puzzled doctors for a month, struggling to diagnose her. When she brought up the fact she had a pet cat, doctors finally thought of the solution.

Speaking to WTOL News, Dr. Kris Brickman said that only 40% of cats carry the bacteria, which is harmful to humans but not the cats themselves.

“It can affect the eyes, because what it does is increases blood vessels that creates problems — called antinomies… It can also cause some liver problems and can get into the spinal fluids and create meningitis.”

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Walters is looking on the bright side of her misfortune, hoping her story will act as a reminder for people to always wash their hands after patting their dog or cat.

Walters is looking on the bright side of her misfortune, hoping her story will act as a reminder for people to always wash their hands after patting their dog or cat.

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