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Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin (Engl Ed). 2020 Dec 14; doi: 10.1016/j.eimc.2020.10.020. Epub 2020 Dec 14.

Serologic study of Bartonella sp. infection among human population of Southern Spain.

Enfermedades infecciosas y microbiologia clinica (English ed.)

[Article in Spanish]
Sonia Santibáñez, Antonio Caruz, Julia Márquez-Constán, Aránzazu Portillo, Jose Antonio Oteo, Francisco J Márquez


  1. Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital Universitario San Pedro-Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR), Logroño, Spain.
  2. Departamento de Biología Experimental, Universidad de Jaén, Jaén, Spain.
  3. Hospital "Arnau de Vilanova", Lleida, Spain.
  4. Departamento de Biología Animal, Biología Vegetal y Ecología, Universidad de Jaén, Jaén, Spain. Electronic address: [email protected].

PMID: 33334612 DOI: 10.1016/j.eimc.2020.10.020


INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of IgG antibodies against Bartonella sp. in a randomly selected sample from the population of the patients of North Sanitary District of Jaén.

METHODS: We used a commercially available immunofluorescent test (Focus-Technology IFA Bartonella quintana and B. henselae test).

RESULTS: Six hundred five healthy individuals were divided by sex into three age groups. We detected that 13.55% and 11.07% subjects were IgG seropositive to B. henselae and B. quintana, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data show that the prevalence of both Bartonella species in Andalusia (Southern Spain) is relatively high. No statistical difference in the seropositivity was observed among these groups. In both cases, the IgG antibody titers ranged from 1/128 to 1/512.

Copyright © 2020 Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

Keywords: Bartonella henselae; Bartonella quintana; Iberian Peninsula; Immunofluorescent test; Península ibérica; Test de inmunofluorescencia

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