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    • Cat Scratch Disease in Children

      Cat scratch disease is a bacterial infection carried in cat saliva. It is passed from a cat bite or scratch to a human. It can also result from a fleabite, but cats are the main source.

    • Facts About Animal Bites

      Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can become infected and cause scarring. Animals can also carry diseases that can be transmitted through a bite.

    • How to Keep Bugs From Bugging You

      Although most insects are just nuisances, some can threaten our health.

    • Keep Kids Safe from Bugs

      Many products seek to prevent bug bites, but products containing DEET (usually listed on labels as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are quite effective.

    • Rabies in Children

      Rabies is a viral infection that attacks the nervous system. Once symptoms develop, it is often fatal. But a rabies vaccine, or a series of vaccines, given soon after contact with an animal infected with rabies can prevent the illness.

    • Treatment for Dog and Cat Bites and Scratches

      When your child is bitten or scratched by an animal, remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. Here's what you need to know.

    • Treatment for Human Bites

      Human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A healthcare provider should check any human bite that breaks the skin.

    • What You Can Do About Dog Bites

      Dogs are responsible for 85% to 90% of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.

    • Why Children Bite

      A young child may bite out of frustration or when under stress. Biting may also be an attempt to gain power—or just a way of exploring the world.