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Bartonella species pathogenic for humans infect pets, free-ranging wild mammals and their ectoparasites in the Caatinga biome, Northeastern Brazil: a serological and molecular study

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2017
Authors:Fontalvo, MCampos, de Mendonça_Favacho, ARodrigues, de Carvalho_Araujo, A, Santos, NMayana dos, de Oliveira, GMeneses Ba, Aguiar, DMoura, de Lemos, ERegina Sam, Horta, MClaudio
Journal:The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Pagination:290 - 296
Date Published:Jan-05-2017
Keywords:Bartonella, Brazil, flea, lice, tick

This study verified the occurrence of Bartonella spp. in dogs, cats, wild mammals and their ectoparasites in Petrolina and Lagoa Grande Counties, Pernambuco, located in a semi- arid region in Northeastern Brazil. Anti-Bartonella spp. antibodies were detected by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) in 24.8% of dogs (27/109) and in 15% of cats (6/40). Bartonella sp. DNA was identified by PCR performed on DNA extracted from blood and ectopara- sites using primers targeting Bartonella sp. gltA and ribC genes in 100% (9/9) of Pulex irritans from Cerdocyon thous, 57.4% (35/61) of P. irritans from dogs, 2.3% (1/43) of Ctenocephalides felis felis from dogs, 53.3% (24/45) of C. felis felis from cats, and 10% (1/10) of Polyplax spp. from Thrichomys apereoides. DNA sequencing identified Bartonella clarridgeiae and Bartonella hense- lae in C. felis felis from cats, Bartonella rochalimae in P. irritans from dog and C. thous, and Bartonella vinsoni berkhofii in P. irritans from dog.

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