Laboratory mouse models for bartonella bacterial infection: bacteremia, host specificity, and pathology
Bartonella bacterial species are globally distributed in a diverse variety of mammalian reservoir hosts. Natural host infections are generally characterized by persistent bacteremias of long duration, seemingly without adverse host effect, whereas non-natural host infections can produce mild, self-limiting illnesses or more severe disease such as endocarditis. Incidental host infections seem to most closely resemble natural host infections when the taxonomic distance between the two hosts is small. The greater the taxonomic distance between the host of origin and the incidental host, the more ...
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