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Evidence of Bartonella henselae infection in cats and dogs in the United Kingdom
  1. A. Barnes1,
  2. S. C. Bell, PhD1,
  3. D. R. Isherwood, FIMLS1,
  4. S. D. Carter, BSc, FIMLS, PhD, MRCPath1 and
  5. M. Bennett, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS2
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Science and Animal Husbandry
  2. 2 Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX
  1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Science and Animal Husbandry


Sera from cats and dogs in the UK were tested by ELISA for antibodies to Bartonelia henselae. Seropositivity was confirmed in 28 of 69 pet cats (40.6 per cent), 33 of 79 feral cats (41.8 per cent) and three of 100 pet dogs. Reactivity to specific B henselae antigens was confirmed by Western blotting and demonstrated that consistent antigenic bands were bound by sera from the cats and dogs.

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