Molecular evidence of Bartonella infection in domestic dogs from Algeria, North Africa, by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Tahar Kernif, Meriem Aissi, Salah Eddine Doumandji, Bruno B Chomel, Didier Raoult, Idir Bitam

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Abstract

Bartonella species are being recognized as important bacterial human and canine pathogens, and are associated with multiple arthropod vectors. Bartonella DNA extracted from blood samples was obtained from domestic dogs in Algiers, Algeria. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequence analyses of the ftsZ gene and the 16S-23S intergenic spacer region (ITS) were performed. Three Bartonella species: Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii, Bartonella clarridgeiae, and Bartonells elizabethae were detected infecting Algerian dogs. To our knowledge, this study is the first report of detection by PCR amplification of Bartonella in dogs in North Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-300
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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