Bartonella quintana in human erythrocytes.

  title={Bartonella quintana in human erythrocytes.},
  author={Jean-Marc Rolain and C{\'e}dric Foucault and R{\'e}gis P Guieu and Bernard La Scola and Philippe Brouqui and Didier Raoult},
  volume={360 9328},
Bartonella quintana is transmitted by body lice among homeless people. Infection with this organism leads to chronic bacteraemia with few symptoms. We looked for B quintana in erythrocytes in a population of homeless people in Marseille, France. In this report we show the intraerythrocytic presence of B quintana in people with symptomless bacteraemia, by use of a specific monoclonal antibody and laser confocal microscopy. Presence of at least 5 x 10(4) colony-forming units per mL was predictive… CONTINUE READING