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Keywords:

  • bacteria;
  • cat;
  • diagnosis;
  • disease;
  • dog

Abstract

Objective – To provide a review of clinically relevant observations related to Bartonella species as emerging pathogens in veterinary and human medicine.

Data Sources – Literature as cited in PubMed and as generated by each of the authors who have contributed to various aspects of the clinical understanding of bartonellosis.

Human Data Synthesis – Important historical and recent publications illustrating the evolving role of animal reservoirs as a source of human infection.

Veterinary Data Synthesis – Comprehensive review of the veterinary literature.

Conclusions – In addition to inducing life-threatening illnesses, such as endocarditis, myocarditis, and meningoencephalitis and contributing to chronic debilitating disease, such as arthritis, osteomyelitis, and granulomatous inflammation in cats, dogs, and potentially other animal species; pets and wildlife species can serve as persistently infected reservoir hosts for the transmission of Bartonella spp. infection to veterinary professionals and others with direct animal contact.