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J Vet Intern Med. 2008 Mar-Apr;22(2):495-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.2008.0043.x. Epub 2008 Mar 10.

Detection of Bartonella henselae in the blood of 2 adult horses.

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Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. sam_jones@ncsu.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Bartonella spp. are emerging zoonotic agents that have been found in a wide variety of domestic animals and wildlife and cause a number of clinical syndromes. Bartonella sp. infection has been identified in a growing number of animal species, including cats, rodents, porpoises, and canids, but has not been reported in horses.

OBJECTIVE:

To document the presence of Bartonella sp. in the blood of horses.

ANIMALS:

One horse with chronic arthropathy and 1 horse with presumptive vasculitis.

METHODS:

Blood samples were tested for the presence of Bartonella sp. by a combination of multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction and enrichment culture technique.

RESULTS:

Bartonella henselae was isolated or detected in the blood of both horses.

CONCLUSION AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE:

Bartonella henselae infection should be investigated as the cause of disease in horses.

PMID:
18346149
DOI:
10.1111/j.1939-1676.2008.0043.x
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