Unraveling mysteries associated with cat-scratch disease, bacillary angiomatosis, and related syndromes

Emerg Infect Dis. Jan-Mar 1995;1(1):16-21. doi: 10.3201/eid0101.950103.


The search for the infectious agents responsible for cat-scratch disease, bacillary angiomatosis, and related syndromes has a long and often circuitous history. Recognition of the etiologic agents and a new understanding of the fundamental features of the epidemiology and natural history of modern day Bartonella (formerly Rochalimaea)-associated diseases culminate a multipartite story that combines clinical medicine, traditional microbiology, and novel technological approaches to solve a long-standing enigma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / diagnosis
  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / etiology
  • Angiomatosis, Bacillary / epidemiology
  • Angiomatosis, Bacillary / etiology*
  • Angiomatosis, Bacillary / transmission
  • Animals
  • Bacteriological Techniques
  • Bartonella Infections / diagnosis
  • Bartonella Infections / etiology
  • Bartonella henselae / classification
  • Bartonella henselae / isolation & purification
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / epidemiology
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / etiology*
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / transmission
  • Cats
  • Disease Reservoirs / veterinary
  • Humans
  • Molecular Biology