Bartonella, bats and bugs: A review

Matthew J. Stuckey, Bruno B. Chomel, Eloi Claret de Fleurieu, Alvaro Aguilar-Setién, Henri Jean Boulouis, Chao chin Chang

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Ecological, immunological, and epidemiological factors enable bats to transmit an increasingly recognized spectrum of zoonotic agents, and bartonellae are among those emerging pathogens identified in bats and their arthropod ectoparasites. Current data reveal a multifaceted disease ecology where diverse host species distributed around the world interact with a number of Bartonella spp. and several potential vectors. This review summarizes the methods and findings of studies conducted since 2005 to illustrate that Bartonella bacteremia varies by bat species, location, and other potential variables, such as diet with a very high prevalence in hematophagous bats. Among bat families, Bartonella prevalence ranged from 7.3% among Nycteridae to 54.4% in Miniopteridae. Further research can build on these current data to better determine risk factors associated with Bartonella infection in bat populations and the role of their ectoparasites in transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-29
Number of pages10
JournalComparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bartonella
  • Bats
  • Fleas
  • Flies
  • Ticks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Infectious Diseases


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