Seroepidemiological survey of Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae in domestic cats in Japan

Microbiol Immunol. 1995;39(5):339-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1348-0421.1995.tb02210.x.


A total of 199 domestic cat serum samples from 3 geographical areas (northeastern, central and southwestern) of Japan collected between 1992 and 1994 were examined for serum antibody against Bartonella henselae using an immunofluorescent assay. The antibody prevalence was 15.1% (30/199). A significant difference in the prevalence of B. henselae antibody was observed between the northeastern area (6.3%:3/48) and the central area (22.0:13/59) in Japan. There was no significant difference between the average age of seropositive cats (4.39 +/- 3.26 years) and that of seronegative cats (4.03 +/- 3.84 years), and also between the frequency of seropositive male cats (16.5%:15/91) and that of seropositive female cats (11.8:9/76). This is the first report of B. henselae antibodies in cats in Japan

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / blood*
  • Bartonella henselae / immunology
  • Bartonella henselae / isolation & purification*
  • Cats / microbiology*
  • Disease Reservoirs*
  • Female
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies


  • Antibodies, Bacterial