Bartonella Species in Wild Rodents and Fleas from Them in Japan

Access this Article

Author(s)

    • INOUE Kai INOUE Kai
    • Laboratory of Veterinary Public Health, Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Bioresource Science, Nihon University
    • MORITA Tatsushi
    • Laboratory of Veterinary Parasitology, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University
    • IMAI Soichi
    • Laboratory of Veterinary Parasitology, Department of Veterinary Sciences, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University
    • MARUYAMA Soichi
    • Laboratory of Veterinary Public Health, Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Bioresource Science, Nihon University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the role of fleas for transmission of <i>Bartonella</i> species among wild rodents in Japan. Flea samples were collected from wild rodents and examined genetically for <i>Bartonella</i> infection. <i>Bartonella</i> DNA was detected from 16 of 40 (40.0%) flea samples. Sequence analysis demonstrated that 3 of 16 (18.8%) of the <i>Bartonella</i>-positive animals were infested with fleas from which the closely related <i>Bartonella</i> DNA sequence was detected, indicating that the fleas acquired <i>Bartonella</i> from the infested rodents. The DNA was detected in hemolymph, the midgut and the ovary (only in female), indicating that <i>Bartonella</i> might be colonized through the midgut and distributed into the body.<br>

Journal

  • Journal of Veterinary Medical Science

    Journal of Veterinary Medical Science 73(12), 1561-1567, 2011

    JAPANESE SOCIETY OF VETERINARY SCIENCE

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130001032749
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA10796138
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    0916-7250
  • NDL Article ID
    023455178
  • NDL Call No.
    Z18-350
  • Data Source
    NDL  J-STAGE 
Page Top