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Rev Prat. 2004 Nov 30;54(18):1982-6.

[Bartonellosis: emerging infection].

[Article in French]

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Microbiologie-immunologie, Ecole nationale vétérinaire d'Alfort, 94704 Maisons-Alfort.


The spectrum of Bartonella infections in humans shows a constant increase. The number of Bartonella species responsible of zoonoses has increased from one to 7 during the past ten years. In addition numerous orphan clinical manifestations are now associated to Bartonella henselae infections. Animals and particularly domestic cat are the main reservoirs of Bartonella. Cats are healthy carriers of B. henselae and B. clarridgeiae, and can be bacteremic for months to years. Cat-to-cat transmission of the bacteria involves the cat flea in ab-sence of transmission by direct contact. Present knowledge on the etiology, clinical features and epidemiological characteristics of these emerging infections are presented.

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