Seroepidemiology of Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii infection in California Coyotes, 1994-1998

Chao Chin Chang, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Bruno B Chomel, Rickie W. Kasten, Darren C. Simpson, Charles R. Smith, Vicki L. Kramer

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Abstract

The prevalence of antibodies to Bartonella vinsonii subsp, berkhoffii in coyotes (Canis latrans) in California ranged from 51% in central to 34% in southern and 7% in northern California. Seropositive coyotes were more likely to be from coastal than inland counties (p < 0.05). The clustered distribution of Bartonella seropositivity in coyotes suggests that B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii infection is vectorborne. Further investigation is warranted to evaluate which arthropods are vectors and what the mode of transmission is from wildlife to domestic dogs and possibly humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-715
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume5
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1999

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  • Microbiology (medical)

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    Chang, C. C., Yamamoto, K., Chomel, B. B., Kasten, R. W., Simpson, D. C., Smith, C. R., & Kramer, V. L. (1999). Seroepidemiology of Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii infection in California Coyotes, 1994-1998. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 5(5), 711-715.