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Volume 90, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

Abstract.

This study describes our investigation on the prevalence and molecular identification of bartonellae from and in the urban areas of Malaysia. Of 95 rats investigated, , , , , and were isolated from kidney and spleen homogenates of four rats. Bartonellae DNA was amplified from the rat organ tissues by using primers specific for the bartonellae RNA polymerase beta subunit (B) gene in nine other rats. Sequence analysis of the B gene fragments shows the identification of in five rats, in three rats, and in one rat. Combining the results of isolation and molecular detection of bartonellae, we found that the prevalence of infection in the spp. investigated in this study was 13.7%. Implementation of effective rat control program in the urban areas is necessary to prevent the spillover of bartonellosis from rats to humans.

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  • Received : 20 May 2013
  • Accepted : 24 Feb 2014

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