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How common is cat scratch disease and how easily is it transmitted ?

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Dr. Elise Sadoun
Family Medicine
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In brief: Cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever is caused by a bacteria named bartonella henselae.
It is caused by the scratch of a cat. The bacteria can live in the cat's nails. The bacteria enter the skin, and about 1-2 weeks later the lymph nodes enlarge, fever and pain develop, and other symptoms. Any cat can cause it, even your own cat. To prevent it, keep your cat's claws clipped and don't allow her to scratch you.

In brief: Cat scratch fever

Cat scratch fever is caused by a bacteria named bartonella henselae.
It is caused by the scratch of a cat. The bacteria can live in the cat's nails. The bacteria enter the skin, and about 1-2 weeks later the lymph nodes enlarge, fever and pain develop, and other symptoms. Any cat can cause it, even your own cat. To prevent it, keep your cat's claws clipped and don't allow her to scratch you.
Dr. Elise Sadoun
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