Ecological diversity of Bartonella species infection among dogs and their owner in Virginia.


Bartonella species comprise a genus of gram-negative, fastidious, intracellular bacteria that have been implicated in association with an increasing spectrum of disease manifestations in dogs and human patients. In this study, chronic canine and human disease, for which causation was not diagnostically defined, were reported by the breeder of a kennel of Doberman pinschers. In addition to other diagnostic tests, serology, polymerase chain reaction, and enrichment blood culture were used to assess the prevalence of Bartonella sp. infection in the dogs and their owner. From five dogs, Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii genotype I, multiple Bartonella henselae strains, and a species most similar to Candidatus B. volans, a rodent-associated Bartonella sp., were amplified and sequenced from biopsy tissues, cerebrospinal fluid, or blood enrichment cultures. The owner was bacteremic with B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii genotype I, the same subsp. and genotype detected in one of her dogs. These results further emphasize the ecological complexity of Bartonella sp. transmission in nature.

DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2010.0201

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@article{Cherry2011EcologicalDO, title={Ecological diversity of Bartonella species infection among dogs and their owner in Virginia.}, author={Natalie A Cherry and Ricardo Guillermo Maggi and John Henry Rossmeisl and Barbara C. Hegarty and Edward Bealmear Breitschwerdt}, journal={Vector borne and zoonotic diseases}, year={2011}, volume={11 11}, pages={1425-32} }