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Bartonella henselae

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Previously known as Rochalimaea henselae. A bacterium that causes cat scratch disease. B. henselae was initially described by Regnery et al in 1992 as Rochalimaea henselae.

Se also:
Bartonella, under Alberto Leopoldo Barton Thompson, Peruvian physician, 1871-1950.

Parinaud's oculoglandular syndrome, under Henri Parinaud, French ophthalmologist, 1844-1905.

Rochalimaea is named for the Brazilian microbiologist Henrique da Rocha Lima, 1879-1956.


  • L. N. Slater, David F. Welch, D. Hensel, D. W. Coody:
    A new recognized fastidious gram-negative pathogen as a cause of fever and bacteremia.
    The New England Journal of Medicine, Boston, 1990, 323: 1587-1593.
  • R. L. Regnery, B. E. Anderson, J. E. Clarridge III, M. C. Rodriguez-Barradas, D. C. Jones, J. H. Carr:
    Characterization of a novel Rochalimaea species, R. henselae, sp. nov., isolated from blood of a febrile, human immunodeficiency virus–positive patient.
    Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Washington, 1992, 30: 267-274.
  • D. M. Hensel, L. N. Slater:
    The genus Bartonella. Clinical Microbiology News, 1995, 77 (2): 9-16.

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