A to Z: Cat Scratch Diseaseenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgCat scratch disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Bartonella henselae. It comes from a scratch or bite of an infected cat, usually a kitten.cat scratch, fever, disease, zoonosis, infection, bacteria, bacterium, animal bite, bartobella, cat, kitten, lymph, nodes, lymphatic, cat scratch fever, cat scratch disease, animal bites, animal infections11/06/201303/25/201909/02/2019d6430237-ec73-45b0-996f-60a8f374bf0bhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cat-scratch.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: Cat Scratch Fever</strong></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cat-scratch.html/">Cat scratch disease</a> is an infection caused by the bacterium <em>Bartonella henselae</em>. It comes from a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bites.html/">scratch</a> or bite of an infected cat, usually a kitten.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Cat scratch disease is usually a mild illness that causes swollen <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/spleen-lymphatic.html/">lymph</a> nodes. The illness is most often seen in the fall and winter.</p> <p>Someone who has been bitten or scratched by an infected kitten or cat may develop a bump or blister, then swollen and tender lymph nodes. A <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, headache, or fatigue also can develop. In a few cases, the infection can spread to other parts of the body.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Cat scratch disease usually gets better without treatment, but sometimes antibiotics are&nbsp;prescribed. Rarely, a doctor will need to drain pus from a swollen lymph node. People who have had the infection usually do not get it again.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Bites and ScratchesAnimal bites and scratches, even minor ones, can become infected and spread bacteria to other parts of the body, regardless of whether the animal is a family pet or a wild animal.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bites.html/4e8ac3d1-8055-40c3-8a28-6e240da58db1
Cat Scratch DiseaseCat scratch disease is an infection that causes swelling of the lymph nodes after a cat scratch or bite. Learn about signs and symptoms, prevention, treatment, and more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cat-scratch.html/221b1239-1e24-4fe5-be04-8247c6d1d5b5
First Aid: Animal BitesAnimal bites and scratches that break the skin can cause infection. Rarely, animal bites can cause rabies, a dangerous, life-threatening disease.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/animal-bites-sheet.html/f4578512-854e-410b-90b8-52926a8846ea
Staying Safe Around AnimalsDo you love animals? Lots of kids do. Find out how to stay safe around them in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/animals.html/56a74c36-796e-42a5-ab07-e63a6e651280
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