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How does cat scratch disease affect the body?

Once the bacteria from a cat scratch reaches the blood stream, cat scratch disease (CSD) can spread to various parts of the body. Swollen lymph nodes closest to the scratch or bite are the most noticeable symptom. Most often these are the lymph nodes in the head, neck or upper limbs. There will also be a bump in the place of the scratch. Other symptoms include rash, fever, headache and sore throat. In rare cases, individuals with CSD will develop eye, bone, spleen, lung or liver infections.

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