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Section I

Ringworm infection appears as round, scaly,
or encrusted patches on the skin. The fungus that causes
ringworm can be transmitted to humans.

Figure 2-3

such as parrots, parakeets, macaws, and cockatiels and poultry such as turkeys
and ducks are usually involved in the transmission of the disease to humans.
Humans can be infected by contact with the feces of contaminated birds
or from fecal dust. Symptoms in humans include coughing, chest pains,
fever, chills, weakness, vomiting, and muscular pain.
Preventive measures include purchasing birds from reliable sources,
testing, and quarantine of all new birds. When handling birds and cleaning
cages, one should wear dust masks or protective shields. A blood test can be
used to confirm psittacosis, and antibiotics may be used to treat the disease
both in birds and humans.
Cat-scratch fever (Bartonella henselae infection) is associated with cat
scratches or bites. The disease is caused by the bacteria Bartonella henselae.
The affected area becomes swollen and is slow to heal, and the lymph nodes
may swell and become tender and painful as well. The disease is usually not
serious and can be treated with antibiotics. Learning to properly handle cats
can help prevent scratches and bites. See Figure 2-4.

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Cat scratches and injuries from cats can be
avoided by properly handling the animals. The animal
should be held close to the body and supported on the arm,
so that the animal feels secure.

Figure 2-4


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