BARTONELLOSIS IN CATS AND ITS ROLE IN PUBLIC HEALTH

  • VERONICA BABO-TERRA UFMS
  • Camila Lopes Ribeiro de Almeida

Resumo

The genus Bartonella is composed of various zoonotic species that cause important diseases, usually in immunosuppressed individuals. The main reservoirs are domestic felines and these do not often present any clinical signs, but are usually in a state of intermittent bacteremia. So that, there is a potential risk of disease dissemination as well as transmission of the agent to other cats, mainly by the feces of fleas, and to human beings through the bite or scratch of the animal. The aim of this study was to review the occurrence of Bartonellosis in humans and cats, as well as the major zoonotic, clinical, laboratorial and treatment aspects. Further studies are necessary in order to gather more knowledge about the disease and its prevention. However, we have to point out that, since the definitive diagnosis and treatment in cats are still uncertain and controversial issues, the best way to control the disease is so far through the animal vector control, by the adoption of a correct and effective protocol of flea control, and by preventing bites and scratches in immunosuppressed people and professionals who directly deal with cat.

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Biografia do Autor

VERONICA BABO-TERRA, UFMS
PROFESSORA ADJUNTA DE CLÍNICA MÉDICA E TERAPÊUTICA DE PEQUENOS ANIMAIS
Publicado
2013-05-05
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Reviews / Revisões Bibliográficas