What are the natural reservoir and vectors for transmission of cat scratch disease (CSD)?

Updated: Feb 16, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Domestic cats are the natural reservoir and vectors of B henselae. In cats, B henselae infection is asymptomatic. Fleas are believed to transmit the bacteria between cats, and seroprevalence in cats is highest in warm or humid climates, where prevalence of flea infestation among cats is higher.


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