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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Cat Scratch Fever
Cat Scratch Fever [posted 11/3/98]
Answer: Cat Scratch Fever occurs from a scratch from young felines only. It is a self limited disease and usually does not require antibiotics unless there are prolonged systemic problems or an immune deficiency. It has a great name, but, isn't usually much of a problem.
Cat Scratch Fever [posted 8/14/98]
Answer: Cat scratch fever is generally self limited and lasts 2-4 weeks with lymph node symptoms. It can be treated with antibiotics, but does not markedly change any symptoms, etc.
Cat Scratch Fever
Answer: Cat Scratch Fever is caused by Rochalimaea hensleae, which is a gram negative bacillus. For some reason it appears to be mainly transmitted by kittens although mature cats and occasionally dogs will transmit the disease. It is picked up in the soil and transmitted by a scratch or bite. The disease is usually self limited and does not require treatment. However, treatment is usually by erythromycin or doxycycline or ciprofloxin.