Wanted: Cat-Scratch Disease
You Gotta Be Kitten Me.
The Nefarious Culprit
CSD can be caused by an infected cat licking an open wound.
A bartonella henselae cell.
Top Right: A single cell of bartonella henselae.
Bottom left: the cell move with flagella.
A diagram of the symptoms of CSD.
Highlighted: the infection site
Below: a swollen lymph node.
How to know when this outlaw is in town.
Lymph node swelling
Lay down the Law
A shootout will also do.
Can be found throughout the world.
Attacks the lymph node closest to the infection site.
Cats can get infected when an infected flea bites the cat.
Transmitted when saliva from an infected cat gets in an open wound, or a human is scratched by an infected cat with flea dirt in their claws.
People of any age are susceptible to this disease. However, the young and the elderly are most likely to have severe symptoms because their immune systems are usually weaker than an average person.
You know you have it if you have a fever, fatigue, headache, or lymph node swelling.
To defend against this disease is easy. Stay away from cats, or if that is not feasible, do not let cats lick open wounds or scratch you.
CSD is treated and cured with prescription antibiotics.