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Experimental Model of Human Body Louse Infection Using Green Fluorescent Protein-Expressing Bartonella quintana

By Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Michael F. Minnick, Hubert Lepidi, Eric Salvo and Didier Raoult


A laboratory colony of human body lice was experimentally infected by feeding on rabbits made artificially bacteremic with a green fluorescent protein-expressing Bartonella quintana. B. quintana was detected in the gut and feces until death but not in the eggs. The life span of the lice was not modified. The rabbit model should provide valuable clues to the role of lice in the transmission of B. quintana

Topics: Bacterial Infections
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.1128/IAI.69.3.1876-1879.2001
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:98095
Provided by: PubMed Central
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