Infection with Bartonella henselae in a Danish family

J Clin Microbiol. 2015 May;53(5):1556-61. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02974-14. Epub 2015 Mar 4.


Bartonella species constitute emerging, vector-borne, intravascular pathogens that produce long-lasting bacteremia in reservoir-adapted (natural host or passive carrier of a microorganism) and opportunistic hosts. With the advent of more sensitive and specific diagnostic tests, there is evolving microbiological evidence supporting concurrent infection with one or more Bartonella spp. in more than one family member; however, the mode(s) of transmission to or among family members remains unclear. In this study, we provide molecular microbiological evidence of Bartonella henselae genotype San Antonio 2 (SA2) infection in four of six Danish family members, including a child who died of unknown causes at 14 months of age.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Angiomatosis, Bacillary / diagnosis*
  • Angiomatosis, Bacillary / microbiology*
  • Angiomatosis, Bacillary / transmission
  • Bartonella henselae / classification*
  • Bartonella henselae / genetics
  • Bartonella henselae / isolation & purification*
  • Child
  • Family Health*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Genotyping Techniques
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA