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What are the symptoms of cat-scratch disease?

An individual with cat scratch disease (CSD) will first develop a lump or pustule at the place of the scratch. This lump is called an inoculation lesion, the place where the bacteria first entered the body. Within one or two weeks lymph nodes will begin to swell in the armpit, elbow, or groin depending on the location of the scratch. Other symptoms may include tiredness, headache, rash, throat soreness, and loss of appetite. In rare cases, more extreme symptoms may occur.

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