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Abstract

. species are increasingly recognized as agents of culture-negative endocarditis. However, to date, almost all human cases have been associated with two members of the genus, and infections are zoonotic, with domestic cats serving as reservoir hosts for the pathogen. also exploits cats as reservoir hosts, but its zoonotic potential is far less established.

. A 34-year-old male presented with palpitations after a history of aortic incompetence. During surgery for an aortic valve replacement, two vegetations were found on the aortic valve. PCR analysis of the vegetation demonstrated the presence of species and so the patient was treated post-operatively with ceftriaxone and doxycycline, making a good recovery. Further PCR-based analysis of the patient’s aortic vegetation confirmed the presence of .

. This report expands the number of species associated with endocarditis and provides clear evidence that should be considered a zoonotic pathogen.

Keyword(s): zoonosis , Bartonella and Endocarditis
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