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Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 May;24(5):924-925. doi: 10.3201/eid2405.152033.

Bartonella henselae DNA in Seronegative Patients with Cat-Scratch Disease.

Abstract

We used real-time PCR to detect Bartonella henselae DNA in 7.9% (5/63) of blood specimens from seronegative patients in Japan suspected of having cat-scratch disease. The combined use of serologic tests and real-time PCR to analyze blood specimens is recommended for the prompt, noninvasive laboratory diagnosis of cat-scratch disease.

KEYWORDS:

Bartonella henselae; Cat-scratch disease; Japan; bacteria; indirect fluorescence antibody assay; peripheral blood; real-time PCR; zoonoses

PMID:
29664374
PMCID:
PMC5938771
DOI:
10.3201/eid2405.152033
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