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J Vector Ecol. 2007 Jun;32(1):118-22.

Association of Bartonella with the fleas (Siphonaptera) of rodents and bats using molecular techniques.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd. NE., MS G-13, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.


Bartonella spp. are putatively vector-borne bacterial agents of humans and animals. Fleas have been incriminated as vectors of Bartonella spp. and are suspected of transmitting Bartonella of rodents and bats, but some of these Bartonella spp. have not yet been directly detected in wild caught fleas. We report the molecular detection of Bartonella tribocorum, Bartonella vinsonii subsp. vinsonii, and two novel genotypes of Bartonella from the fleas Xenopsylla cheopis, Ctenophthalmus pseudagyrtes, Sternopsylla texanus, or Orchopeas howardi.

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