What is cat scratch fever?
Cat scratch fever, more correctly known as cat scratch disease (or catscratch disease), is an infection contracted through a scratch or bite from a cat. It is a bacterial infection caused by Bartonella henselae that tends to affect the lymph nodes in the area of the scratch or bite. Understandably children are more often affected as they tend to have closer contact with pets. Often the scratch or bite that leads to the infection is from kittens rather than adult cats. Although the infection can resolve on its own within a few months, there can be severe complications in people with a weakened immune system.