Human Lymphadenopathy Caused by Ratborne Bartonella, Tbilisi, Georgia

Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Mar;22(3):544-6. doi: 10.3201/eid2203.151823.


Lymphadenopathy and fever that developed in a woman in Tbilisi, Georgia, most likely were caused by a ratborne Bartonella strain related B. tribocorum and B. elizabethae. The finding suggests that this Bartonella strain could be spread by infected rats and represents a potential human risk.

Keywords: Bartonella; Georgia; Tbilisi; bacteria; cat scratch disease; lymphadenopathy; rats; vector-borne infections; zoonoses.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Bartonella Infections / diagnosis*
  • Bartonella Infections / microbiology*
  • Bartonella Infections / transmission
  • Bartonella* / classification
  • Bartonella* / genetics
  • Female
  • Georgia (Republic)
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Lymphatic Diseases / microbiology*
  • Rats