What is the included in the patient education information for 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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Assure parents that the disease will resolve spontaneously and that an episode of CSD confers long-term immunity. Although rare, adults can have recurrent illnesses.

Teaching children how to handle pets gently and declawing pets may decrease the incidence of CSD. The animal is infectious for only a short period, so removal of the pet from the home is not recommended. Advise patients and caregivers to control fleas on kittens to prevent spread of B henselae infection among animals.


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