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Volume 24, Number 12—December 2018

Human Exposure to Novel Bartonella Species from Contact with Fruit Bats

Ying BaiComments to Author , Modupe O.V. Osinubi, Lynn Osikowicz, Clifton McKee, Neil M. Vora, Maria Rosales Rizzo, Sergio Recuenco, Lora Davis, Mike Niezgoda, Ajoke M. Ehimiyein, Grace S.N. Kia, Akin Oyemakinde, Olufunmilayo Sanni Adeniyi, Yemi H. Gbadegesin, Olugbon A. Saliman, Abiodun Ogunniyi, Albert B. Ogunkoya, Michael Y. Kosoy, and Idanre Bat Festival Investigation Team
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (Y. Bai, L. Osikowicz, C. McKee, M.R. Rizzo, M.Y. Kosoy); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (M.O.V. Osinubi, N.M. Vora, L. Davis, M. Niezgoda); Colorado State University, Fort Collins (C. McKee); Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru (S. Recuenco); Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria (A.M. Ehimiyein, G.S.N. Kia); African Field Epidemiology Network, Abuja, Nigeria (A. Oyemakinde); Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja (O.S. Adeniyi); Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Ibadan, Nigeria (Y.H. Gbadegesin); Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ilorin, Nigeria (O.A. Saliman); Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Abuja (A. Ogunniyi); Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses/Rabies in West Africa International, Ibadan (A.B. Ogunkoya)

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Epidemiologic data for persons with antibodies to Bartonella rousetti detected in study of human exposure to a novel Bartonella species from contact with fruit bats, Nigeria, 2013*

Participant age, y/sex Titer in acute-phase serum† Titer in convalescent-phase serum† Ever ate bat Ever participated in bat festival Last time touched, scratched, or bitten by bat Febrile illness since first bat festival of 2013
45/F <1:32 1:64 Yes No 6–12 mo ago No
37/M <1:32 1:64 Yes No >12 mo ago No
25/F <1:32 1:512 Yes Yes <1 mo ago No
30/F <1:32 1:512 No No Never No
21/M 1:64 <1:32 No No Never No
44/F 1:64 <1:32 Yes Yes <1 mo ago No
70/M 1:256 No sample Yes No >12 mo ago Yes
32/F 1:256 No sample No No Never No

*Bartonella rousetti is the proposed name for the novel Bartonella species identified in Egyptian fruit bats in Nigeria.
†Acute-phase samples collected within 11–15 d after first bat festival of 2013; convalescent-phase samples collected 69–78 d after acute-phase sample collection (the second bat festival of 2013 did not take place between collections of acute- and convalescent-phase samples).

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1Team members are listed at the end of this article.

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