Cat scratch fever

Other Names:
Cat scratch disease
Benign lymphoreticulosis
Cat scratch endophthalmitis

A bacterial (rickettsial) disease that can be acquired from the scratch or bite of a cat; it is not the same as a cat scratch that gets secondarily infected. While generally mild and self-limiting among people with healthy immunity, the disease can lead to potentially fatal complications in people with weak immune systems. It appears to be most commonly acquired from kittens but this disease is not completely understood, and there may be other sources of infection.


Cat scratch disease has been reported in people with AIDS.

Related Problems:
Trench fever
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST