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Old 07-01-2008, 11:30 PM   #2
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Re: Cat scratch, developing symptoms similar to rabies?

Rabies is more likely to come from a bite than a scratch, as saliva or brain is required to transmit rabies, and the symptoms you describe do not sound at all like rabies. It could be wound infection or cat scratch fever. In fact, those lumps on your arm sound like swollen lymph nodes, which are a common symptom of cat scratch fever.

If it is cat scratch fever, most people recover within a month, given rest and good nutrition, although the disease can be serious in little children or people who are very frail.

If wound infection, you would benefit from antibiotics and having the wound cleaned by a doctor. If there are red streaks up your arm, that's a sign of a very serious wound infection.