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Bartonella species in small mammals and their potential vectors in Asia

Jiyipong T., Jittapalapong S., Morand S., Rolain J.M.. 2014. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 4 (10) : p. 757-767.

In this article, authors review the current knowledge of Bartonella infection in small mammals including rodents, insectivores, bats and exotic small mammal pets and their vectors in Asia. Species of Bartonella are Gram-negative intracellular bacteria that infect erythrocytes of various mammalian and non-mammalian animals and mainly transmitted by blood sucking arthropod vectors. The genus Bartonella includes several species of important human diseases with severe clinical signs. Several new Bartonella species were isolated from rodents and other small mammals, and from human patients in Asia. Bartonella species are identified using standard polymerase chain reaction amplification and a sequencing targeting two housekeeping genes (gltA and rpoB) and the internal transcribed spacer fragment. Authors also discuss the implications in term of potential emerging zoonotic diseases. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : asie

Thématique : Maladies des animaux; Autres thèmes

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