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Cat Scratch Fever Blood Test
Cat Scratch Fever Blood Test
Cat Scratch Fever Blood Test
Cat Scratch Fever Blood Test

Cat Scratch Fever Blood Test

Cat scratch fever, is a bacterial infection which is contracted through being bitten or scratched by a cat infected with Bartonella henselae bacteria. This test measures the level of Bartonella henselae and Bartonella quintana bacteria in your blood to diagnose cat scratch fever.
Blood sample 1 biomarker included 7 working days turnaround
from sample receipt at lab

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Immunity

Immunity (1 Biomarker)

Special instructions

Clinical history must be provided.
Cat scratch fever is an infection caused by Bartonella henselae bacteria. Around 40% of cats carry the bacteria in their saliva at some point in their lives. Cats that carry Bartonella henselae do not usually show any signs of illness, but humans can get cat scratch fever from a bite or scratch from an infected cat. The bacteria can also be transmitted if the saliva from an infected cat gets into an open wound. 

In those with a healthy immune system, cat scratch fever is usually not a serious illness and a small papule (a raised lump) develops at the site of injury within 10 days. Symptoms of cat scratch fever include nausea, vomiting, having a fever and inflammation and soreness of the lymph nodes. Most cases of cat scratch fever resolve without any treatment within a few weeks. If the lymph nodes remain persistently inflamed or symptoms persist, antibiotics may be prescribed by a doctor.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

Why take this test?

  • You have been scratched or bitten by a cat and are experiencing symptoms and want to see if you have been infected

How it works

  • Take the test

    Collect your sample at home, visit a partner clinic, or we can even send a nurse to you.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample back on the same day you take it in the freepost pack to our laboratory.
  • Get your results

    View your results with doctor's advice on your personal dashboard.
Laboratories you can trust

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our fully accredited partner laboratories.

Expert interpretation <br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

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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.