Cat scratch disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Bartonellosis due to Bartonella henselae infection
- Cat scratch fever
- Cat-scratch disease
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 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.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.
Last updated: 3/4/2009
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