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Cat Bartonella and Cat Scratch Disease

Overview Most commonly known as “cat scratch fever,” the disease one can get following a cat scratch is in fact an infection caused by the bacterium Bartonella henselae. The bacterium parasitizes fleas, so generally speaking a cat is much more likely to be a carrier of cat scratch disease if it has a flea problem. Dogs may also be infected by this bacterium; however, in both dogs and cats there are generally no symptoms, and it is believed that…

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