Symptoms And Treatment Of Cat Scratch Disease ( Cdc ) Essay

1487 Words Oct 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Over an eight year period from the years 2005 through 2013 more than eight thousand individuals have been diagnosed with cat scratch disease (cdc.gov). Evidence of some symptoms individuals would develop when they would contract this illness was first notified back in the 1950’s, but the disease causing agent wasn’t identified until the mid-1980’s. Even though this disease has not been proven to cause death amongst its victims it is still important to understand some key factors to be aware of if you do own a feline as a pet. These important aspects would include the microorganism that causes it, how it’s transmitted, its pathogenic factors, symptoms, as well as current treatments for this disease. This disease is transmitted by a bacterium that belongs to the genus Bartonella, which contains nearly twenty different species that are transferred to other organisms via vectors such as fleas, ticks, or lice. The species is known as Bartonella henselae and is “classified as an aerobic, intracellular, gram negative proteobacteria,” (ciation) that grows best in “blood (5%), moist atmosphere with a rich CO2 count, and at a temperature of 35º C which classifies it as a mesophile,” (ciation). Scientists have identified these microorganisms through a silver nitrate based staining technique known as Warthin-Starry stain. After being stained microbiologist can recognize that B. henselae is a small rod shaped microorganism that scientist categorized as bacillus; however this bacterium…

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