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Sandra L Wegert sandraw at U.Arizona.EDU
Fri Feb 9 00:56:57 EST 1996


> Sandra L Wegert <sandraw at U.Arizona.EDU> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I thought "catch-scratch fever" was Toxoplasmosis,  a simple "blood"
> > protozoan that "all" cats carry and about half of all humans have 
> > been exposed to (have antibodies)...
> 
> Cat scratch disease is caused by a bacteria, currently designated
> Bartonella henselae, that can be carried by cats.
> This is distinct from Toxoplasma gondii, which is, as you point out, a
> protozoan. Domestic cats are the definitive host for T. gondii but not
> all cats are infected and human exposure can occur from other sources,
> most importantly undercooked meat.
> 
> WB Thomas DVM

I stand corrected  :-).  I do wonder what the illness caused by 
Toxoplasmosis is called though.  Or don't humans contract the
disease?  Another reason to cook your steaks "well-done", eh?

Sandra
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sandraw at U.Arizona.EDU




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