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Cat Scratch Fever


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Cat Scratch Fever

About this test

Cat scratch fever is an infection caused by bacteria known as Bartonella henselae.

About 40% of cats carry the bacteria in their saliva at some point in their lives.

Cats that carry Bartonella henselae do not themselves show any signs of illness. Most people contract the disease after being scratched or bitten by a cat.

In people who have a normal immune system, cat scratch disease is usually not a serious illness. A small papule (a little raised lump) develops at the site of injury within 10 days.

Signs and symptoms of cat scratch fever.

  • fever

  • chills

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • fatigue

  • inflammation and soreness of the lymph nodes (lymphadenitis)

Most cases of cat scratch disease resolve on their on without specific treatment within a few weeks. If the lymph nodes remain persistently inflamed or if the illness is very severe, antibiotics may be prescribe.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Cat Scratch Fever blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Cat Scratch Fever test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Cat Scratch Fever test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account with

Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Cat Scratch Fever test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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