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Cat scratch disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Bartonellosis due to Bartonella henselae infection
  • Cat scratch fever
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Cat scratch disease is an infectious illness caused by the bacteria bartonella. It is believed to be transmitted by cat scratches, bites, or exposure to cat saliva.[1] This self-limiting infectious disease is characterized by swelling and pain in the lymph nodes. Although cat-scratch disease usually subsides without treatment, antibiotic and/or antimicrobial therapy may speed recovery.[2]
Last updated: 3/4/2009


  1. Smith DS. Cat scratch disease. Medlineplus. August 6, 2007; Accessed 3/4/2009.
  2. Cat Scratch Disease. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2005; Accessed 3/4/2009.
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