Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management

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Bartonella henselae and Coxiella burnetii Infection and the Kawasaki Disease

M D Kei Numazaki


It was reported that Bartonella henselae, B. quintana and Coxiella burnetii was not strongly associated with coronary artery disease but on the basis of geometric mean titer, C. burnetii infection might have a modest association with coronary artery disease. Serum antibodies to B. henselae from 14 patients with acute phase of Kawasaki disease were determined by the indirect fluorescence antibody assay. Serum antibodies to C. burnetii were also tried to detect. However, no positive results were obtained. I also examined 10 children and 10 pregnant women who had serum IgG antibody to B. henselae or to C. burnetii. No one showed abnormal findings of coronary artery.

Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management Vol. 8 (1) 2004: 11 - 12
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