Cat-scratch fever, a nonspecific regional lymphadenitis unknown in the medical literature prior to 1950, is now being recognized in all parts of the world. This report of 12 and 6 cases, occurring in the winters of 1955 and 1956 in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, should alert physicians in this area to this disease as a cause of nonbacterial lymphadenitis, and it should alert physicians everywhere to the possible existence of such epidemic outbreaks.
The previous incidence of cat-scratch fever in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is unknown. Prior to this study, there had been only one reported case from this region.1 There is reason to assume that catscratch fever is not a new disease here, in that there is a relatively constant incidence of nonspecific granulomatous disease of lymph nodes observed from year to year by Twin City pathologists in the biopsy specimens they examine. Many of these
WARWICK WJ, GOOD RA. Cat-Scratch Disease in MinnesotaI. Evidence for Its Epidemic Occurrence. Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(2):228–235. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040230011