Seroepidemiological survey of Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae in domestic cats in Japan

H. Ueno, Y. Muramatsu, B. B. Chomel, T. Hohdatsu, H. Koyama, C. Morita

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A total of 199 domestic cat serum samples from 3 geographical areas (northeastern, central and southwestern) of Japan collected between 1992 to 1994 were examined for serum antibody against Bartonella henselae using an immunofluorescent assay. The antibody prevalence was 15.1% (30/199). A significant difference in the prevalence of B. henselae antibody was observed between the northeastern area (6.3%:3/48) and the central area (22.0%:13/59) in Japan. There was no significant difference between the average age of seropositive cats (4.39 ± 3.26 years) and that of seronegative cats (4.03 ± 3.84 years), and also between the frequency of seropositive mate cats (16.5%:15/91) and that of seropositive female cats (11.8%:9/76). This is the first report of B. henselae antibodies in cats in Japan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-341
Number of pages3
JournalMicrobiology and Immunology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1995


  • Bartonella henselae
  • Cat
  • Cat scratch disease
  • Epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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