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Must you have convulsions to have cat scratch fever?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
No.: Seizures as a manifestation of cat scratch disease are uncommon, and the disease is present in most patients who never go on to develop seizures.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is cat scratch fever?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Bartonella henselae: This is caused by a strain of bacteria that often thrives in the secretions of young kittens.It ends up in lymph nodes where it can cause conspicuous swelling.A variety of antibiotics can kill the germ but the treatment is often started too late to prevent some of the symptoms.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of cat scratch fever?

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Dr. Willam Lau
Infectious Disease 10 years experience
Fever: A few days after a cat scratch, you may develop fever, lymph node swelling, or even cellulitis.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for me to have cat scratch fever if no cat?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Yes: The organism can occasionally be transmitted from dogs, but this is very unusual. Other animals may also be carriers.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do you cure cat scratch fever?

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Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics 44 years experience
With antibiotics: see your primary care physician .They will probably do some blood tests to confirm the diagnosis and prescribe antibiotics.

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