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Cat Scratch Disease: The Mystery Finally Solved?

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California Department of Health Services; Berkeley, California

Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(2):303-304. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-100-2-303
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The recognition of "new" diseases and of "new" pathogenic microorganisms, although less frequent now than during the first half of this century, continues to occur often enough to sustain the zest, efforts, and hopes of each generation of disease detectives and microbe fighters. Legionnaire's disease and the complex of Legionella bacteria, Lyme arthritis and its causative spirochete, Hantaan virus as the cause of Korean hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, Ebola virus disease, Marburg disease, and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are some of the more dramatic recent examples that come to mind. The report by Wear and associates (1) of a bacterium


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