Woman goes blind in one eye after playing with her cat

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TOLEDO, Ohio — A woman in Ohio told WPXI she lost sight in one eye after her cat licked her.

“I woke up one day and I couldn’t see out of my left eye,” Janese Walters told Toldeo News Now. “I looked in the mirror and I thought I had pink eye or something.”

After nearly a month of testing doctors finally determined she had cat-scratch disease.

The bacteria is passed from the cat to the human through saliva or hair, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For Walters her cat had licked her and it spread to her eye.

Walters said she’s just glad doctors caught the disease before it spread to her other eye as well.

“It’s a big handicap,” Walters told Toledo News Now . “There are a lot of things you have to do differently.”

According to the CDC about 40 percent of all cats carry the bacteria that causes cat-scratch disease.

The CDC suggests that pet owners take the following precautions to avoid CSD:

  • Maintain excellent flea and tick control
  • Avoid rough play with cats
  • If you have an open wound do not allow a cat to lick it
  • Thoroughly wash the site of a bite or scratch with soap and water
  • Adopt or buy cats that are in good health and without fleas