Detection of Bartonella henselae in defibrinated sheep blood used for culture media supplementation


Bartonella henselae was detected in defibrinated sheep blood employed in supplementing a selective bacteria culture medium by nested PCR. We recommended that highly sensitive technical tests be run to ensure a sterile culture medium for Bartonella spp. isolation, since infected blood samples used in preparation could lead to false-positive results. 
DOI: 10.1590/S1517-83822011000200003