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Cat scratch fever

Saturday, April 28, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Is there such a thing as cat scratch fever and is it something to worry about?  It’s true getting scratched by a cat can lead to health problems. In most cases, there’s no need to worry. Cat scratch disease also known as cat scratch fever is caused by bacteria that can be transmitted from an infected cat to a human through a scratch or bite. Most of the cases occur in children who have been scratch by a kitten. The symptoms of cat scratch disease usually include an infected wound, swelling of the lymph nodes and a fever. In most cases, the disease is relatively mild and no treatment is required.  However, people with compromised immune systems should see a physician because they may need antibiotics.

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