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Parasit Vectors. 2016 May 10;9(1):261. doi: 10.1186/s13071-016-1546-x.

Bartonella spp. - a chance to establish One Health concepts in veterinary and human medicine.

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1
Institute for Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, University Hospital, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
2
Institute for Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, University Hospital, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. volkhard.kempf@kgu.de.

Abstract

Infectious diseases remain a remarkable health threat for humans and animals. In the past, the epidemiology, etiology and pathology of infectious agents affecting humans and animals have mostly been investigated in separate studies. However, it is evident, that combined approaches are needed to understand geographical distribution, transmission and infection biology of "zoonotic agents". The genus Bartonella represents a congenial example of the synergistic benefits that can arise from such combined approaches: Bartonella spp. infect a broad variety of animals, are linked with a constantly increasing number of human diseases and are transmitted via arthropod vectors. As a result, the genus Bartonella is predestined to play a pivotal role in establishing a One Health concept combining veterinary and human medicine.

KEYWORDS:

Cats; Dogs; Fleas; Humans; Infection; Lice; Ticks; Transmission; Zoonosis

PMID:
27161111
PMCID:
PMC4862191
DOI:
10.1186/s13071-016-1546-x
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