The spectrum of Bartonella infections in humans shows a constant increase. The number of Bartonella species responsible of zoonoses has increased from one to 7 during the past ten years. In addition numerous orphan clinical manifestations are now associated to Bartonella henselæ infections. Animals and particularly domestic cat are the main reservoirs of Bartonella. Cats are healthy carriers of B. henselæ and B. clarridgeiæ, and can be bacteremic for months to years. Cat-to-cat transmission of the bacteria involves the cat flea in absence of transmission by direct contact. Present knowledge on the etiology, clinical features and epidemiological characteristics of these emerging infections are presented.
|Translated title of the contribution||Bartonella emerging infections|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Revue du Praticien|
|State||Published - Nov 30 2004|
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