Explains how to obtain Bartonella reference services and 16S rDNA gene sequencing in the absence of a serological service.


B. bacilliformis and B. quintana are present only in humans. Other Bartonella species have been found in various animals including:

  • cats
  • dogs
  • rats

Several insect vectors are or may be involved in transmission of infection including:

  • sand flies
  • human body lice
  • cat fleas
  • ticks

Bartonella infections mostly occur worldwide, except B. bacilliformis which only exists in certain parts of South America.

Bartonella reference services

Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections (AMRHAI) offer 16S rDNA gene sequencing from clinical material (except blood and serum), and identification of referred isolates in appropriate circumstances.

The laboratory is happy to discuss and advise on particular diagnostic and clinical problems.

Contact Dr Colin Brown on 020 8327 7623 or Dr Derren Ready on 020 8327 6146 in the first instance for Respiratory and vaccine preventable bacteria reference unit (RVPBRU) advice.

Contact Dr Julie Logan (AMRHAI) on 020 8327 6059 for 16S rDNA gene sequencing requests.

The estimation of antibodies against B. henselae and B. quintana

Bartonella serology has now been withdrawn as a RVPBRU test.

How to obtain 16S rDNA bacterial identification reference services

Complete AMRHAI bacterial identification services (BIDS) request form M1.

Read BRD User Manual for submission guidance.

See AMRHAI reference unit: reference and diagnostic services.

Published 11 September 2008