Bartonellosis: An emerging infectious disease of zoonotic importance to animals and human beings

Edward B. Breitschwerdt, Ricardo G. Maggi, Bruno B Chomel, Michael R. Lappin

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Objective: To provide a review of clinically relevant observations related to Bartonella species as emerging pathogens in veterinary and human medicine. Data Sources: Literature as cited in PubMed and as generated by each of the authors who have contributed to various aspects of the clinical understanding of bartonellosis. Human Data Synthesis: Important historical and recent publications illustrating the evolving role of animal reservoirs as a source of human infection. Veterinary Data Synthesis: Comprehensive review of the veterinary literature. Conclusions: In addition to inducing life-threatening illnesses, such as endocarditis, myocarditis, and meningoencephalitis and contributing to chronic debilitating disease, such as arthritis, osteomyelitis, and granulomatous inflammation in cats, dogs, and potentially other animal species; pets and wildlife species can serve as persistently infected reservoir hosts for the transmission of Bartonella spp. infection to veterinary professionals and others with direct animal contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-30
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Bacteria
  • Cat
  • Diagnosis
  • Disease
  • Dog

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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