The cat bite injury sustained by the entertainer, Devon Samuel better known as Prophet Benjamin, has raised questions over how serious the injury could become.
Videos have appeared on social media showing Samuel explaining his situation by saying, “Really and truly dem cat does really be interfering with people ting. Yuh know I ketch the cat in the corner and next ting yuh know the cat fly up and bite me. On top of that – like it bite a vein. The doctors say it’s a serious ting.”
He then attempts to confront the cat’s owner, who offended by his remarks, throws water at him.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Samuel wrote that his injury was serious enough for him to leave the country over the weekend to pursue medical treatment.
Former Minister of Social Development and Veterinarian, Dr. Glen Ramadharsingh, told the Express on Monday that such injuries can indeed be very dangerous to those who endure them.
“If cat fang enters a finger joint, it can result in catastrophic complications since bacterial infection is deep seated and antibiotic penetration becomes difficult especially when treatment is delayed and inflammation sets in, you can lose the use of the joint.”
“When persons are diabetic or have cardiovascular conditions huge amounts of blood can be lost and serious medical crisis can erupt in a few seconds that is difficult to manage without proper medical supervision.” he said.
He said there are multiple conditions that can arise from such injuries such as cat scratch disease, a bacterial disease often carried in the mouth of a cat, hookworm, Ancylostoma tubaeforme, Ancylostoma braziliense and rabies to name a few.