What is the bacteria that can be passed to humans via cat scratching?

What is the bacteria that can be passed to humans via cat scratching?

Our question this week was:

Dear Dr.Debra, I would ask about the specific species of bacteria. What kind of bacteria that it can be passed to humans via cat scratching?

Allina D.

Answer

Hi – thanks for your email Allina. You asked what kind of bacteria can be passed from cat to people from a scratch wound from a cat.

Cat-scratch Disease (CSD), also known as Rochalimaea henselae or Bartonella henselae, is an infection in humans that most often occurs after prolonged contact with a young cat. When diagnosed in cats this disease is called feline bartonellosis. It is caused by a bacteria called Bartonella henselae.

An article that might be helpful to you is Bartonellosis (Cat-scratch Disease).

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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