Edyta Podsiadly

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Bartonella spp. is an etiologic agent of vector-borne infections. Bartonella spp. was searched for in adult Ixodes ricinus ticks removed from dogs and cats using specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequence analysis of gltA gene. Bartonella henselae DNA was detected in 5 of 102 tested ticks. All PCR-positive ticks were removed from dogs. Four of(More)
Coxiella burnetii is the etiologic agent of Q fever, a worldwide distributed zoonosis, accountable for serious health problem both for humans and animals. The exposure to C. burnetii infected animals and their products is the main risk factor for Q fever in humans. Several outbreaks of Q fever have been described in Poland which sources were recognized to(More)
The aim of the study was to determine the occurrence of Bartonella henselae reservoir and vectors of infection in the close surroundings of human beings in urban areas of central Poland. The study included mammals (54 dogs, 137 cats) and 102 adult Ixodes ricinus ticks removed from cats and dogs. Blood samples were drawn from each animal and cultured on(More)
PURPOSE There is increasing evidence that adventitial inflammation may participate in atherosclerosis development. The aim of this study was to investigate which atherosclerotic risk factors correlated with carotid adventitial thickness (AT) and to compare them with those associated with carotid intima-media thickness (IMT). We also set out to test the(More)
Knowledge about molecular epidemiology of B. henselae is important for recognizing the geographical distribution of strains and identification of isolates virulent for humans. Eleven Polish feline B. henselae isolates were typed, using 2 different techniques: pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis(More)
INTRODUCTION Ischemic heart disease and other atherosclerotic complications are the prominent causes of death among hemodialyzed end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and renal transplant recipients. Numerous articles in recent years have raised the possibility of an infective factor, especially Chlamydia pneumoniae, in the development of atherosclerosis(More)
INTRODUCTION Previous research has pointed to a role of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection in the development of chronic renal allograft dysfunction, chronic liver rejection, and vasculopathy in the transplanted heart. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of C. pneumoniae prior to and after kidney transplantation as well as to determine the role(More)