The Epidemiology of Bartonellosis in Peru
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD BETHESDA United States
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Bartonellosis has caused debilitating illness and death since pre-Inca times. It is a vector-borne infectious disease found in the medically underserved communities of the high Andean mountain valleys of South America. The disease manifests in two clinical stages. A hematic stage followed by an eruptive stage. The etiologic agent is Bartonellosis, an alpha-2 proteobacteria that intracellularly infects erythrocytes and endothelial cells. Although recognized for centuries, relatively little is known about its epidemiology. This study examines the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of Bartonellosis with the goal of developing a rationale control program.