Acta veterinaria 2011 Volume 61, Issue 2-3, Pages: 183-192
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First report on seroepidemiological and clinical investigation of cat infection with Bartonella henselae in the area of Novi Sad, Serbia
Potkonjak A., Lako B., Bacić D., Bjanka Lako, Suvajdžić Ljiljana, Stevančević M., Toholj B., Vraneš M.
Cat Scratch Disease (CSD) is an infective disease of animals and humans
caused with Bartonella henselae. Prevalence of infection varies between 0 and
68% depending on different population of cats and geographical region.
Naturally infected cats are often clinically healthy and are inapparent germ
carriers. In this investigation 40 cats from the area of Novi Sad were
analyzed. After the epidemiological questionnaire was made, all cats were
clinically investigated. To determine the presence of specific antibodies of
class G on Bartonella henselae the method of indirect immunofluorescence was
used. For the first time in Serbia, in the area of Novi Sad municipality the
infection caused by Bartonella henselae in the population of cats was
detected. Prevalence of specific antibodies of class IgG on Bartonella
henselae antigen in the population of cats was 57%. The most common clinical
manifestations in seropositive cats were gingivitis and lymphoadenopathy.
Keywords: Bartonella henselae, cat infection, Cat Scratch Disease, IIF, immunodiagnostics, zoonoses
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