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Passive Antibody to Bartonella henselae Protects against Clinical Disease following Homologous Challenge but Does Not Prevent Bacteremia in Cats

Authors
  • Kathy L. O'Reilly
  • Katy A. Parr
  • Tracy P. Brown
  • Belinda Tedder-Ferguson
  • Daniel T. Scholl
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2001
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Medicine
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Abstract

We challenged cats transfused with anti-Bartonella serum and kittens born to antibody-positive queens with Bartonella henselae to determine the contribution of antibodies to the control of B. henselae in cats. In both experiments, antibody-positive cats were protected from clinical disease but passive antibody to the homologous strain of B. henselae did not prevent bacteremia.

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