recent study published in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases by researchers at Duke University and NC State University suggests that veterinarians and veterinary technicians are at higher risk for Bartonella spp infection than non-veterinary workers.

Bartonella spp DNA was detected in 32 (28%) of the 114 veterinary subjects using BAPGM enrichment and PCR on fresh blood and enriched blood samples (Bartonella ePCR). None of the 32 nonveterinary controls tested positive for Bartonella spp DNA. Additional findings showed that veterinary workers positive for Bartonella DNA were more likely to report at least two symptoms compared to the group negative for Bartonella DNA.

Study participants were tested by BAPGM enrichment and PCR on fresh and enriched blood samples. That’s our Bartonella ePCR test method!! With increased sensitivity and the highest specificity, researchers can finally investigate the clinical importance of Bartonella infections in the absence of a clear immune response.

For a better idea of how Bartonella spp infection can affect the health of veterinarians and others who become infected, see our Bartonella case profiles on our Human Health page.