Bartonella infections, transmitted among cats by fleas, are common in pet cats worldwide. The impact of these often chronic infections on feline health is still not well understood. Many Bartonella species are zoonotic. Feline Bartonella infections can be zoonotically transmitted, primarily via cat scratches and cat bites, with cat scratch disease the most well known human condition caused by Bartonella henselae. The full impact of Bartonella infections on the health of pets, farm animals and humans is a very active area of investigation. This article discusses feline Bartonella infections, their impact on feline health, and their public health significance.
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