MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CAT SCRATCH FEVER DISEASE
Cats transmit the organism when they scratch a person (or another cat) with their dirty claws. Cats can also harbor Bartonella in their mouths and transmit the infection via bites. The inoculation site (a bite or scratch) develops a small red bump and about 2-3 weeks later, the lymph node in the area of the contact will swell and become painful and a fever develops. These signs generally resolve on their own or with a course of antibiotics. People with suppressed immune systems are more likely than others to have complications of CSD.
How can I reduce my risk of getting cat scratch disease from my cat?
- Avoid “rough play” with cats, especially kittens.
- Wash cat bites and scratches immediately with soap and water.
- Do not allow cats to lick open wounds that you may have.
- Control fleas by using Revolution www.revolution4cats.com (Fairchild applies a dose of Revolution to every cat which also prevents heartworm and treats intestinal worms and ear mites).
- If you develop an infection (with pus and pronounced swelling) where you were scratched or bitten by a cat or develop symptoms, including fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue, contact your physician.