Bartonellosis doesn’t refer to one specific disorder, but rather a collection of diseases caused by the various members of the Bartonella strain of bacteria. These bacteria are primarily transmitted to humans and animals by vectors, which include ticks, lice, fleas, and flies. People can also catch the disease through previously infected domesticated or wild animals. The most common form a Bartonella infection takes is known as cat scratch fever, a name obviously derived from the method of contraction. But there is also a link between bartonellosis and Lyme disease, as the former is a prominent co-infection of the latter. So what exactly are the symptoms of bartonellosis, and how is the infection tested and treated for? And is there a surefire way to identify the disease?Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Bartonellosis: How It Works”
What is Bartonella Bacteria?
There are several different species of Bartonella bacteria, which are small intracellular parasites that cause the illness bartonellosis. They infect red blood cells, macrophages (a type of white blood cell), and endothelial cells.Continue reading “What to Do if You Think You’ve Been Infected with Bartonella Bacteria”
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in North America. It’s transmitted via the bites of ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Approximately 300,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year in the United States. Most infections take place around the Northeast and upper Midwest.Continue reading “5 Ways Lyme Disease Can Affect the Respiratory System”
You may not have heard of babesiosis; it’s a rare condition that is spread specifically through ticks. However, despite the strangely endearing-sounding name, the disease can potentially be life-threatening and should be taken extremely seriously. It produces symptoms quite similar to malaria, and is caused by microscopic parasites which invade red blood cells. Animals have been found to carry many different strains of babesiosis, with only a few of those strains being detected in humans. Babesiosis is also notorious as a prominent Lyme co-infection. Both diseases can be transmitted simultaneously through a single tick bite. Because Lyme disease is often the main cause for concern, a test for babesiosis can often be overlooked. However, it’s important to eradicate Lyme and its co-infections concurrently, making the testing and diagnostic stage crucial.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Babesiosis: How It Works”
What is the Babesia Parasite?
Babesia is a single-celled parasite that infects the red blood cells. The most common strain known to cause illness in the United States is Babesia microti. Infection with Babesia is called babesiosis.Continue reading “What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected with the Babesia Parasite”