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 a bump or blister at the site of the bite or scratch and swelling and pain in the lymph nodes. Other features may include fatigue, headache, achiness, and fever. Although cat-scratch disease usually subsides without treatment, antibiotic and/or antimicrobial therapy may help 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: 11/16/2015
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