Bartonella in Cats - An Underestimated Zoonotic Risk?
Bartonella spp. infections are common in domestic cats and transmission is thought
to arise primarily from infected fleas. Bartonellosis is a zoonotic disease with a
variety of clinical presentations in humans that range from mild signs to severe
disease, which may be fatal, in immunocompromised people. There is potential for
widespread exposure in the UK pet owning population. The main route of zoonotic
infections was traditionally thought to be via cat bites and scratches and, although
human infection can and does occur this way, exposure to flea dirt through a variety
of other routes is likely to play a more important role. This is especially true among
veterinary professionals and those living with flea household infestations. This article
discusses Bartonella infection in domestic cats, human bartonellosis and measures
that can be taken to limit zoonotic risk while maintaining the human-animal bond.
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Ian Wright BVMS BSc MSc MRCVS