Potential for tick-borne bartonelloses

Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Mar;16(3):385-91. doi: 10.3201/eid1603.081685.


As worldwide vectors of human infectious diseases, ticks are considered to be second only to mosquitoes. Each tick species has preferred environmental conditions and biotopes that determine its geographic distribution, the pathogens it vectors, and the areas that pose risk for tick-borne diseases. Researchers have identified an increasing number of bacterial pathogens that are transmitted by ticks, including Anaplasma, Borrelia, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia spp. Recent reports involving humans and canines suggest that ticks should be considered as potential vectors of Bartonella spp. To strengthen this suggestion, numerous molecular surveys to detect Bartonella DNA in ticks have been conducted. However, there is little evidence that Bartonella spp. can replicate within ticks and no definitive evidence of transmission by a tick to a vertebrate host.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arachnid Vectors / classification
  • Arachnid Vectors / microbiology*
  • Bartonella / classification
  • Bartonella / genetics
  • Bartonella / isolation & purification*
  • Bartonella Infections / epidemiology
  • Bartonella Infections / microbiology
  • Bartonella Infections / transmission*
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Humans
  • Species Specificity
  • Ticks / classification
  • Ticks / microbiology*


  • DNA, Bacterial