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Revista chilena de infectología

versión impresa ISSN 0716-1018

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TRONCOSO, Ignacio et al. Seroprevalence of Bartonella henselae in occupational risk persons. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.3, pp.355-357. ISSN 0716-1018.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-10182016000300019.

Introduction: Bartonella henselae infection is a worldwide zoonosis with the domestic cat as reservoir. Although people with occupational contact with these pets are risk population only few studies of prevalence in them have been reported. Methods: A study of seroprevalence of B. henselae was performed to veterinaries and other persons with occupational contact with cats, residents from the Bío-Bío region of Chile. Serum IgG antibodies against B. henselae were determined by indirect immunofluorescence (IFI). Demographic data and history of cat bites or scratches were recorded. Results: There were 76 persons included in the study, 18 to 69 years old. A 93.4% had a history of cat scratch or bite. A seroprevalence of 60.5% were found. No differences were found between gender, age, or history of cat scratch or bite. Conclusions: A high seroprevalence in people from this region with occupational risk were found. No subgroups with higher risk factors than others were identified.

Palabras clave : Seroprevalence; Bartonella henselae; occupational risk; immunofluorescence.

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