Blood Transfusion - 4 2012 (October - December)
Long time survival of Bartonella bacilliformis in blood stored at 4 ºC. A risk for blood transfusions
Authors:  Joaquim Ruiz, Wilmer Silva, Maria J. Pons, Luis J. del Valle, Carmen R. Tinco, Verónica D. Casabona, Claudia Gomes, Jorge Bazan, Victor Zavaleta, Hernan Cornejo, Denisse Champin, Juana del Valle
Pages:  563-564
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2012; 10: 563-4
Doi:  10.2450/2012.0152-11
Published online:  29/03/2012

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Bartonella bacilliformis is an autochthonous bacterium from rural Andean areas of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia affecting less-favoured populations causing the so-called Carrion's disease. Carrion's disease is a re-emerging illness that has two clinically distinct phases: an acute or haematic phase, known as Oroya Fever characterised by fever and severe anaemia that may be fatal in the absence or delay of antibiotic treatment and an eruptive or tissue phase, known as Peruvian Wart1. Additionally, in endemic areas, the presence of asymptomatic individuals has been reported in whom B. bacilliformis may be recovered or detected from blood samples1.
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