Bartonella DNA in Flies, Lone Star Ticks, & a Human with Concurrent Lyme

Bartonella henselae bacteria photo

The Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases Journal (Clark K. L. & Nunez J. V.) 07.10.2023, published “Detection of Bartonella DNA in Yellow Flies, Lone Star Ticks, and a Human Patient with Concurrent Evidence of Borrelia burgdorferi Infection in Northeast Florida, USA.” This study investigates cases of Bartonella species and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl) in yellow flies in northeast Florida that led to the discovery of cases of Bartonella and Bbsl in lone star ticks and one human patient.

By sampling the flies, ticks, and one human patient in Florida, who had experienced chronic relapsing and remitting symptoms for over a decade, and detecting Bartonella and Bbsl, this study strengthens the understudy of these vectors in the southern United States, but more studies of these vectors in these hosts are needed.


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