What is the first successful isolation and culture of the cat scratch disease (CSD) organism?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The first successful isolation and culture of the CSD organism was performed by English et al in 1988. [21] Their further studies fulfilled Koch's postulates, and the organism was determined to be the cause of CSD.

One of the isolates from the study by English et al was investigated at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with additional specimens from Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. From these specimens, the CSD organism was determined to be a new entity and given the name Afipia (from Armed Forces Institute of Pathology) felis.


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