CAT SCRATCH FEVER - Watsons Health

CAT SCRATCH FEVER

Cat scratch fever (cat scratch disease) is a bacterial infection from a bite or scratch of an infected cat. The disease is due to the bacteria Bartonella henselae, one of the most common bacteria in the world. People with weak immune system are at high risk in getting this infection.

Common symptoms of cat scratch fever include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • A Low-Grade Fever
  • A Bump or Blister at the Bite or Scratch Site
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes Near the Bite or Scratch Site

Less common symptoms of cat scratch fever include:

  • Weight Loss
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of Appetite

DIAGNOSIS

To diagnose a cat scratch fever, your doctor might perform a physical exam. However, it is difficult to diagnose the infection by the symptoms alone. For a much more accurate diagnosis, an indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) blood test may be done to see if the bacteria Bartonella henselae are present in your body. In this test, antibodies that are labeled with dye will attach to existing antibodies of Bartonella and “light up” during the test.

 

TREATMENT

Cat scratch fever is usually not serious and generally doesn’t require treatment. However for severe cases, like people that have problems with their immune system, antibiotics are given for treatment.

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