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Volume 20, Number 5—May 2014


Bartonella quintana in Body Lice from Scalp Hair of Homeless Persons, France

Rezak Drali, Abdoul Karim Sangaré, Amina Boutellis, Emmanouil Angelakis, Aurélie Veracx, Cristina Socolovschi, Philippe Brouqui, and Didier RaoultComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Aix Marseille Université, Marseille, France; and Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection, 13005, Marseille

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Distribution of Bartonella quintana DNA in nits, larvae, and adult body lice collected from hair and clothing of homeless persons in shelters, Marseille, France, October 2012– March 2013*

Location No. persons
No. (%) lice positive for 
B. quintana DNA Reference
Dually infested, n = 7 Monoinfested, n = 80
Nits 0 3 3 (100) (6)
Hatched larvae 66 0 7 (10.60) This study
Hatched larvae 83 0 5 (6.00) This study
Adults 0 840 174 (20.70) This study

*All lice were identified as body lice. Study participants were provided with long-lasting insecticide-treated underwear, and killed body lice were collected from the clothing of infested persons.

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