Bartonella Common in Carolina Dogs
A Common Co-Infection in Human Lyme with
Serious Psychological Symptoms
Bartonella henselae IgG antibodies are prevalent in dogs from southeastern USA.
Solano-Gallego L, Bradley J, Hegarty B, Sigmon B, Breitschwerdt E.
In contrast to the large body of literature regarding Bartonella henselae in humans and cats, there is little information about B. henselae as an infectious agent in dogs. Due to the paucity of information regarding the B. henselae serology in dogs, we performed a cross-sectional serosurvey using B. henselae antigen in order to compare the seroprevalence between sick and healthy dogs from the south-eastern USA. Ninety-nine sera were collected from clinically healthy dogs. Three hundred and one sera from sick dogs were submitted to North Carolina State University for serologic screening against a panel of arthropod-transmitted organisms. Serological tests were performed using B. henselae (Bh).... Serum B. henselae IgG antibodies were detected in 10.1% of healthy dogs and in 27.2% of sick dogs. The difference in seroprevalence between the two groups was statistically significant. The majority of [positive]... dogs (80%) had low titers of 1:64 or 1:128. ...
This study indicates that B. henselae IgG antibodies are prevalent in healthy and sick dogs living in the south-eastern USA. Nevertheless, further studies are needed to evaluate the epidemiological, clinical and zoonotic relevance of B. henselae infection in dogs.
Vetinary Research. 2004 Sep-Oct;35(5):585-95
The spirochete that causes Lyme disease has approximately 100 varieties in the USA. Many variables exist which make insurance companies, indifferent physicians and state board opinions on Lyme science obsolete before they finish a sentence. Many different varieties and the ticks and the target animals that might carry them have a wide range of variability. Indeed, one tick variety that carries a special infection will only go after a cow. Some animals do very well at being boring to a tick and others can resist it very well. Of course this not apply to children and adult humans. But dogs seem to do much better than humans in many ways with ticks and various infections than people.
Here we see that many dogs are not able to prevent Bartonella from hurting them. In humans who have had exposure to the brush filled suburbs and their flood of poppy seed sized deer ticks on short grass, Lyme and other infections like Bartonella are doing very well and infecting large numbers of people. Including in the Carolinas. I hate to break it to the State Board of medicine and the North Carolina "health department" but tick borne illness is very present in your state, and hiding under dubious and obsolete anti-clinical science will only hurt many state citizens.
But perhaps in North Carolina, the medical State Board and the health department thinks Bartonella is avoiding people, and only troubling the dogs. My brother got Lyme in the Carolinas while cleaning up their disgusting toxins, and it almost killed him, and now the head of the state board, Dr. Moffatt wants to remove one of the most brilliant physicians and infection experts in the state who treats people like my brother who had the same symptoms that are considered "non-specific." My brother has something to say to Dr. Moffatt who was interviewed by the associated press... but is not for those who live in clinical unreality.