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Volume 16, Number 3—March 2010

Perspective

Potential for Tick-borne Bartonelloses

Emmanouil Angelakis, Sarah A. Billeter, Edward B. Breitschwerdt, Bruno B. Chomel, and Didier RaoultComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France (E. Angelakis, D. Raoult); North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (S.A. Billeter, E.B. Breitschwerdt); University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, USA (B.B. Chomel)

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Table 2

Evidence of Bartonella spp. infection in persons after tick bite

Agent Tick species Tick bite Animal contact Clinical manifestation Year Reference
B. henselae Unknown Yes No cat Fever, myalgia, arthralgia, headaches, and light sensitivity 1992 (32)
B. henselae Unknown Yes Cat Fever, myalgia, arthralgia, headaches, and light sensitivity 1992 (32)
B. henselae Unknown Yes Cats and kitten Cat-scratch disease signs 1993 (33)
B. henselae, Borrelia burgdorferi Possibly Ixodes scapularis Yes Not mentioned Low-grade fever, headaches, fatigue, knee arthralgia, and insomnia 2001 (28)
B. henselae, B. burgdorferi Possibly I. scapularis Yes Not mentioned Fever, headache,
dizziness, fatigue, and arthralgia 2001 (28)
B. henselae, B. burgdorferi Unknown Not mentioned Not mentioned Meningitis 2003 (34)
B. henselae or B. quintana seroreactive Unknown Yes Not mentioned Fever 2003 (35)
B. burgdorferi, B. henselae, B. quintana Unknown Yes Not mentioned Fever 2003 (35)
Bartonella spp. closely related to B. henselae, B. quintana Unknown Yes 2005 (36)
B. henselae and/or B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii* Unknown Yes Cats, dogs, potentially other animal species Fatigue, insomnia, arthralgia, myalgia, headache, and/or tremors 2007 (37)
B. henselae, and/or B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii Unknown Yes Cats, dogs, other animal species Seizures, ataxia, memory loss, tremors, fatigue, and/or headaches 2008 (9)

*Patients were also seroreactive to B. henselae and/or B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii.
†Patients were also seroreactive to B. henselae, B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii, and/or B. quintana.

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