Cat scratch disease from a domestic dog

J Formos Med Assoc. 2007 Feb;106(2 Suppl):S65-68. doi: 10.1016/s0929-6646(09)60356-9.


Cat scratch disease (CSD), caused by Bartonella henselae, is a zoonosis and characterized by self-limited lymphadenopathy. It is transmitted commonly by scratch or bite from cats or kitten. We report an unusual case of CSD caused by a domestic dog scratch that we believe is the first report in Taiwan. A 23-year-old healthy woman developed cervical lymphadenopathy, mild fever, headache, and malaise 3 days after dog scratch. Her symptoms improved after azithromycin treatment. Serology proved B. henselae infection. The owners of a domestic dog might be at risk of "cat" scratch disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Azithromycin / therapeutic use
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / drug therapy
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / etiology*
  • Dogs / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged


  • Azithromycin