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10 Aug 2010

re shingles
could you tell me please why, I have had shingles twice, after been bitten by the same stray cat
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01 Jan 0001

Hallo Jennifer
Shingles is caused by herpes virus and is not transmitted by animal bites. This is a dormant virus that flares up when your immunity takes a dip. Cat bites can cause bacterial (Salmonelle, pasteurella, staphilococcus) and other dangerous diseases like rabies and cat scratch disease. If the shingles happens again, see your doctor within 24 hours of the rash appearing so that he can prescribe a course of antiviral medication which will kill the virus. Avoid stray cats if possible as rabies is a deadly and untreatable disease. If you do get bitten you should get a rabies and tetanus shot asap.
Dr Bets
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