The test allows the ability to detect the presence and/ or determine the amount of DNA copies of Bartonella henselae bacteria, transmitted onto humans mainly by arthropods feeding with the mammal blood (hematophagous animals), e.g.: ticks, lice or fleas.
One can also get infected as a result of scratching or a bite from an infected animal, most often a cat or a dog (that is why it is colloquially called a "cat scratch disease"). Bartonella henselae is an intracellular parasite located in erythrocytes.
In case of humans, the disease initially proceeds asymptomatically or only with local symptoms around a wound (local reddening, inflammatory papule). With some people, after a few weeks of the infection start a fever comes up, lymphadenopathy; possibly some other sickness symptoms (headaches, backaches, hypogastrium pains, fatigue). Untreated infection may cause recurring fevers and may lead to the inflammation of the brain or heart.
Test material: whole blood (EDTA)
Transfer method: temp. 4-8°C
Testing method: Real-Time PCR
Delivery date: up to 7 working days (for an extra fee /200zl/ the delivery date is up to 48 hours after delivery sample to the laboratory)