Case report: Possible vertical transmission of bartonella bacilliformis in Peru

Ximena L. Tuya, Raffo Escalante-Kanashiro, Carmen Tinco, Maria J. Pons, Verónica Petrozzi, Joaquim Ruiz, Juana Del Valle

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A 22-day-old male was admitted with a 2-day history of irritability, dyspnea, jaundice, fever, and gastrointestinal bleeding. A thin blood smear was performed, which showed the presence of intraerythrocyte bacteria identified as Bartonella bacilliformis, and subsequently, the child was diagnosed with Carrion's disease. The diagnosis was confirmed by specific polymerase chain reaction. The child was born in a non-endemic B. bacilliformis area and had not traveled to such an area before hospitalization. However, the mother was from an endemic B. bacilliformis area, and posterior physical examination showed the presence of a wart compatible with B. bacilliformis in semi-immune subjects. These data support vertical transmission of B. bacilliformis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-128
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


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