Cat scratch disease and arthropod vectors: More to it than a scratch?

Mark Mosbacher, Sean P. Elliott, Ziad M Shehab, Jacob L. Pinnas, John H. Klotz, Stephen A Klotz

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Abstract

Purpose: Cat scratch disease is a common infection, particularly in children, and clinicians need to be aware of its potential transmission to humans by arthropod vectors such as fleas and ticks in addition to animal bites and scratches. The absence of a vertebrate bite or scratch does not preclude infection with Bartonella henselae. Methods: Literature regarding arthropod transmission of B. henselae was reviewed. Results: B. henselae and related bacterial species are transmitted among cats and dogs by arthropod vectors. In the absence of these vectors, disease does not spread amongst the animals. On the other hand, disease can be spread to humans by bite and scratch as well as by arthropod vectors. Animals commonly infected with B. henselae and arthropod vectors are discussed. Conclusions: Clinicians should be aware that a common illness, cat scratch disease, can be transmitted by arthropod vectors and a history of an animal scratch or bite is not necessary for disease transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-686
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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Arthropod Vectors
Cat-Scratch Disease
Disease Vectors
Bartonella henselae
Bites and Stings
Human Bites
Siphonaptera
Arthropods
Ticks
Infection
Vertebrates
Cats
Dogs

Keywords

  • Bartonella henselae
  • Bartonellosis
  • Bites
  • Cat scratch disease
  • Fleas
  • Ticks

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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Cat scratch disease and arthropod vectors : More to it than a scratch? / Mosbacher, Mark; Elliott, Sean P.; Shehab, Ziad M; Pinnas, Jacob L.; Klotz, John H.; Klotz, Stephen A.

In: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 5, 09.2010, p. 685-686.

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Mosbacher, Mark ; Elliott, Sean P. ; Shehab, Ziad M ; Pinnas, Jacob L. ; Klotz, John H. ; Klotz, Stephen A. / Cat scratch disease and arthropod vectors : More to it than a scratch?. In: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2010 ; Vol. 23, No. 5. pp. 685-686.
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