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Cat-Scratch Disease: A Case Report and Literature Review of Human and Animal Studies Performed in Korea
Min Hee Kim1, Baek-Nam Kim1, and Tae Hee Han2
Departments of 1Internal Medicine, and 2Laboratory Medicine, Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Vol.44 Num.4 (p299~302)
Cat-scratch disease is a self-limited zoonotic disease characterized by regional lymphadenopathy and fever. It is caused by Bartonella henselae, less frequently by B. clarridgeiae , and is transmitted to humans by scratches or bites from cats and dogs. Up to now, only a handful of cases have been reported in Korea. However, the number of pet cats and dogs is increasing in Korea and thus more frequent human contact with cats and dogs is expected. We present a case of cat-scratch disease diagnosed by indirect immunofluorescence assay and analysis of polymerase chain reaction results, and twenty a literature review of Bartonella infections in humans and animals in Korea.
Keywords : Bartonella , Bartonella henselae, Cat-scratch Disease, Lymphadenitis