Does coinfection of Bartonella henselae and FIV induce clinical disorders in cats?

Microbiol Immunol. 1996;40(9):617-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1348-0421.1996.tb01118.x.


It was found that Bartonella henselae (B. henselae) may induce clinical disorders in cats in natural conditions from a comparison of the serological status for B. henselae with the serostatus for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and several clinical characteristics in 170 domestic cats. Seropositivity for B. henselae was not significantly different between FIV antibody-positive and -negative cats (18.4% vs 16.0%). The incidence of clinical characteristics were compared among four cat groups distinguished by the reactivity of sera against B. henselae and FIV. The incidence of lymph node swelling was lower in only FIV antibody-positive cats (3.0%), but higher in B. henselae antibody-positive cats (13.6%) and significantly higher in both B. henselae and FIV antibody-positive cats (42.9%) compared with the incidence of lymph node swelling in cats which were negative for both antibodies (5.5%). The same relation was also observed for the incidence of gingivitis among the 4 cat groups, suggesting that coinfection of B. henselae and FIV may be associated with gingivitis and lymphadenopathy in cats.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / analysis
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / complications*
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / diagnosis
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / immunology
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / veterinary*
  • Cats
  • Feline Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Feline Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Feline Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / immunology
  • Gingivitis / microbiology
  • Leukemia, Feline / complications
  • Leukemia, Feline / diagnosis
  • Leukemia, Feline / immunology
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Serologic Tests
  • Stomatitis / microbiology


  • Antibodies, Bacterial