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Volume 12, Number 3—March 2006


Bartonella Spp. in Pets and Effect on Human Health

Bruno B. Chomel*Comments to Author , Henri-Jean Boulouis†, Soichi Maruyama‡, and Edward B. Breitschwerdt§
Author affiliations: *University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, USA; †Microbiologie-Immunologie, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort, Maisons-Alfort, France; ‡Nihon University, Kanagawa, Japan; §North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

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Table 2

Bartonella henselae seroprevalence in various cat and human populations from selected countries*

Country Cat seroprevalence (%)
Human seroprevalance (%)
Stray Pet Reference Healthy Other Reference
Sweden NA 1 (19) 1 NA (12)
Japan NA 8.8–15.1;
northern, 0–2; central 10.9–12.6; southern, 18–24 (20) 4.5 11.0–15.0 (veterinarians) (13,14)
United States 81 27.9 (11,21) 3.6–6 7.0 (veterinarians) (15)
Thailand 27.6† NA (22) 5.5 NA (16)
Italy 39.0 43.5 (23) NA 8.5–61.6 (children) (17)
Jordan NA 32.0 (24) NA NA (18)

*NA, not available.
†Prevalence of bacteremic cats; no data available on seroprevalence.

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