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Cat Scratch Disease (CSD or Cat Scratch Fever) Topic Guide

Cat Scratch Disease Cat Scratch Disease: Cat scratch disease (CSD or cat scratch fever) is a syndrome caused by the Bartonella henselae bacteria, which is transmitted via a cat scratch, lick, or bite. Symptoms and signs include swollen lymph nodes, fever, and papules or pustules near where the cat scratched, bit, or licked. Pain and fever may be treated with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and warm compresses may help to reduce the pain of swollen lymph nodes.