Novel Bartonella Agent as Cause of Verruga Peruana - Vol. 19 No. 7 - July 2013 - Emerging Infectious Disease journal - CDC
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19, Number 7—July 2013
Novel Bartonella Agent as Cause of Verruga Peruana
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Bartonellosis is a disease caused by infection with species from the Bartonella genus. In South America, infection with B. bacilliformis, an α-2 proteobacterium, may cause a life- threatening bacterial infection (1,2). If untreated, the acute form of the illness, sometimes referred to as Oroya fever, has a high mortality rate because the bacteria invade erythrocytes, resulting in subsequent severe anemia and secondary infections. A chronic phase, termed verruga peruana, is characterized by vasculoproliferative skin lesions; some reseachers have also described an asymptomatic bacteremic phase, which may contribute to the longevity of the reservoir status of infected persons (3).
AbstractWhile studying chronic verruga peruana infections in Peru from 2003, we isolated a novel Bartonella agent, which we propose be named Candidatus Bartonella ancashi. This case reveals the inherent weakness of relying solely on clinical syndromes for diagnosis and underscores the need for a new diagnostic paradigm in developing settings.
In 2007, a novel species of Bartonella (B. rochalimae) was isolated from a single traveler who had an acute febrile anemia after traveling to Peru (4). We report the identification of another novel agent of Bartonella isolated from a patient with chronic bartonellosis (collected in 2003, fully characterized in 2011–2012). We suggest that the isolate be named Candidatus Bartonella ancashi in honor of the highland region of Peru.