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Doctor insights on: Cat Scratch Disease Bacteria

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What is cat scratch disease?

What is cat scratch disease?

Bacterial infection: Cat scratch disease is a bacterial uinfection caused by bartonella henselae and b. Clarridgeiae. There are 25, 000 cases annually in the us. It is characterized by a papule or pustule at the site of innoculation with swollen regional lymph node swelling. Csd is usually treated with a 5 day course of zithromax. ...Read more

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Cat Scratch Fever (Definition)

Infectious disease caused by the bacterium bartonella henselae. It is most commonly found in children following a scratch or bite from a cat after about one to two weeks after the scratch. Lymph gland swelling in neck and under the arms are common. The disease is self-limiting, and is usually treated without anti-biotics in normal ...Read more


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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more

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Cat scratch disease & enlarged spleen, how are they related?

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Cat scratch disease & enlarged spleen, how are they related?

Likely: About half of children have hepatomegaly or splenomegaly; the liver may be tender to palpation. Many of the patients with visceral involvement have no accompanying peripheral adenopathy. ...Read more

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Which bacteria is spread by deer tick bite?

Which bacteria is spread by deer tick bite?

Lime disease: The deer tick, ixodes scapularis is best known for passing borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria known to cause both acute and chronic problems under the lable lime disease.It has also been known to carry an encephalitis virus. ...Read more

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Can puffiness and itchint at a cat scratch site be symptoms of cat scratch disease?

Not really: Yes and no. Probably everyone will get some puffiness and mild itching at the site of a cat scratch. Cat scratch disease is much more than those symptoms. But i would guess that almost everyone who gets cat scratch disease also had some puffiness and itching at the scratch site. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more

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Might dogs spread eye infections to humans?

Might dogs spread eye infections to humans?

Unlikely: Most organisms are species specific and so a dog with an infected eye will not have a species that will transfer to humans. There are a few cross overs like rabies that can affect any mammal. ...Read more

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Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

Do all ticks carry borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease?

No: The total population of ticks in any grassy, wodded area could be in the millions. Several published studies on tick populations have shown 25-30% of the ticks were carrying lyme in an endemic area (an area where lyme disease is present). ...Read more

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Is the yersinia pestis bacteria (bubonic plague) transmitted by touching ?

Is the yersinia pestis bacteria (bubonic plague) transmitted by touching ?

No: Yersinia pestis is transmitted by the xenopsylla cheopis (rat flea)- the bubonic form. Also, it may be transmitted by inhalation - pneumonic form. Best to avoid individuals with the disease or areas of high infestations. Pt's with the pneumonic form will require respiratory isolation. ...Read more

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Can accidentally inhaling cat litter cause infection?

Can accidentally inhaling cat litter cause infection?

Yes.: If you actually got particulate in your lung you certainly may develop a pneumonia or at least a pneumonitis. If you are just breathing the fumes i think you have little chance of contracting q fever. On the other hand, ingestion could carry salmonella, toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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What diseases can cat bites cause?

What diseases can cat bites cause?

See below: The most common is a skin infection at the site of the bite. You can also get catch scratch disease, which results in infection of lymph nodes near the site. Although, this is more common with kittens. ...Read more

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Can a cat or dog catch tuberculosis from human?

Can a cat or dog catch tuberculosis from human?

Possibly: There are reported cases of transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to other mammals such as elephants, cows, primates so transmission to other species is possible but apparently uncommon. ...Read more

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Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Doubtful: Animals ; pets carry different scabies mites. Scabies mites that live on pets are different from the ones found on humans. But, mites on pets may be transmitted to you from an infested pet. They can burrow under your skin resulting in itching. This type of mite will not reproduce on you ; should die within several days. You won't require medication but your animal needs to be treated. ...Read more

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What infections(viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

What infections(viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

Sometimes...: Sometimes, fleas may carry bacteria that can infect humans. The most important and most familiar flea-borne disease in the world is plague. Plague exists in most arid regions of the world, including the western United States. The second flea-borne disease is murine typhus, which occurs worldwide, including in the southwestern U.S. And hawaii. ...Read more

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Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more


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Cat Scratch Disease (Definition)

An infection of the lymph nodes--the small bean-shaped structures that are part of the body's immune system--following a scratch or bite from a cat. ...Read more