How do you get cat scratch fever?

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Cat Scratch Fever is also known as Cat Scratch Disease (CSD). It is a bacterial infection caused by Bartonella henselae. When a person contracts this bacteria it is usually because they have been bitten or scratched by cat (or kitten), which is how the disease got its name. Some symptoms of CSD are swollen lymph nodes, headache, fatigue, and fever. Certain people may have complications, such as those undergoing cancer treatments, people who have had an organ transplant, or people with HIV/AIDS.

Nearly half of all kittens carry Bartonella henselae at some point in their lives. To avoid getting CSD, it is important to avoid playing "rough" with kittens or cats, practice proper hand washing after playing with them, and controlling fleas. This bacteria has also been found in fleas although the CDC has not found evidence that a flea can bite can transmit CSD.

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Cat scratch fever or cat scratch disease is caused by the organism Bortonella. The organism is endemic in cats, especially kittens, and usually causes asymptomatic infection in felines. When humans are infected the organism is passed from the claws of the cat to the skin of humans by a scratch, the organism passes through the cutaneous membrane and causes a local or systemic infection.

Signs and symptoms may be headache, fever, anorexia, and others associated with bacterial infections. Some Bartonella infections can be quite severe causing a range of illnesses like conjunctivitis, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and the organism can even invade the central nervous system causing a meningitis type illness.

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Cat Scrath Fever was a song by American rocker Ted Nugent...

They give me cat scratch fever
Cat scratch fever

The first time that I got it
I was just ten years old
I got it from some kitty next foor
I went and see the Dr. and
He gave me the cure
I think I got it some more

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