One Health Day
Louisiana One Health in Action's "Beating Bartonella Fun Run" is a 3k color fun run/walk that was held in Sulphur, LA at The Grove at Heritage Park on One Health Day, November 3, 2018. Not only was this the first event for us, it was the first ever public fundraising event for Bartonella! We are honored to support the research happening through The Bartonella Project at NCSU (see video below). This event will highlight local families that have been through the struggle of a family member diagnosed with Bartonella and their journey for a diagnosis and treatment. It is an effort to raise awareness about Bartonella, and the ways it can be transmitted and prevented. All proceeds will go toward The Bartonella Project at NCSU. Local vets, medical professionals and facilities, advocates of public health, and community stakeholders were encouraged to participate or sponsor. Thank you to the MANY volunteers, presenters, community members and sponsors that made this event possible. Special thank you to State Senator Ronnie Johns and District 15 Representative of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Les Farnum. We appreciate you both being there to help us raise awareness, educations, and advocacy of the One Health initiative and the ways Bartonella affects human and animal health.
Beating Bartonella Color Fun Run- November 3, 2018 Sulphur, LA
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Bartonella Bonanza- November 3, 2018 Sulphur, LA
Immediately following the Beating Bartonella Color Run at the Grove at Heritage Square, we will have the Bartonella Bonanza. Even if you don't attend the color run, please come join us for this free educational event about Bartonella. This additional One Health event will begin with a video welcome from Dr Ed Breitschwerdt (NCSU) and Dr Monica Embers (Tulane). Dr Bob Mozayeni will highlight the human health impacts of Bartonellosis through his Norvect video Interview. All are known throughout the world for their expertise and research of vector borne disease, most notably Bartonella and Borrelia. After the video , participants will rotate through short presentations by local vets and public health advocates. The topics that will be presented in the welcome video and in the educational stations are:
-What is One Health?
-What is Vector Borne Disease?
-What is Zoonotic Infection?
-What is Emerging Infectious Disease?
-What is Bartonella?
-What are the risk factors for contracting Bartonella?
-How does transmission happen?
-What are the Acute and Chronic symptoms of Cat Scratch Disease/Bartonellosis?
-Prevention of transmission and the importance of flea and tick prevention
-Proper Tick removal
After participants have completed the rotation through the short presentations, they will take a short quiz and submit that for a chance to win one of several door prizes donated by local community members. Gumbo will also be for sale for $5.00 and will include a drink. All proceeds from the Beating Bartonella Color Run and the Bartonella Bonanza will go toward supporting the Bartonella Project at NCSU. We are so thankful for our sponsors and presenters for making this event happen!
What is Bartonella?
Bartonella is a bacteria, but few people know about it. New methods for diagnosing it are showing it’s more common than previously thought. Animals are the primary reservoir and the bacteria is transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, fleas, ticks, lice, mites, biting flies, and even spiders. Because it is systemic, Bartonellosis can attack a variety of organs and tissues, including the blood, heart, liver, spleen, joints, and central nervous system. It has also been linked to three different cancers. People who spend time with animals, especially pet owners, veterinarians Bartonella. About one-third of vets are actively infected by the bacteria, and two-thirds have antibodies to them, according to Galaxy Diagnostics. Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, Chief Scientific Officer at Galaxy and professor of internal medicine at North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine says Bartonella infection is one of the most important untold medical stories. Breitschwerdt has worked with the One Health Initiative, a collective that looks at the links between environmental, human, and animal health. Though his professional and personal life has been guided by his care for animals, his most recent work is geared towards detecting and treating Bartonella infection in humans. Better tests are important because Bartonella infections often avoid detection or are misdiagnosed by physicians who aren’t familiar with the bacteria. Galaxy’s website contains case studies of patients who were wrongly diagnosed with lupus, multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, asthma or other conditions before being accurately diagnosed with Bartonellosis by Galaxy’s tests. Amanda Elam, President of Galaxy says “mainstream medicine doesn’t accept that these infections could be causing chronic symptoms.” Galaxy is working to change that misperception in the medical and veterinary communities. “We’re pushing the medical education like crazy,” Elam says. “There is a whole new frontier of medicine around the role of infection in chronic disease.”
For a more in depth look at Bartonella visit:
Understanding Bartonella medical webinar
One Health Perspectives for an Emerging Infectious Disease http://ilarjournal.oxfordjournals.org/content/55/1/46.full
Bartonella ePCR brochure
How Can I Donate Directly to Bartonella Research?
Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt is raising funds for Bartonella diagnostics research at NC State University. To learn more about The Bartonella Project, Click on the video
To direct funds to the Bartonella Project, select “Other” and designate the “Vector Borne Diseases Research Fund.” Administrative fee is minimal, so funding goes directly to research. Enhanced diagnosis, treatment and prevention of bartonellosis in animals and humans in the focus.
Donate here: http://go.ncsu.edu/BartonellaProjectFund
Dr Marna Erison, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, is raising funds for research on links between Bartonella and skin striae. The picture shows a person's back with striae that are commonly seen in people with a Bartonella infection. Administrative fee is minimal so that donations go directly to research.
Donate here: https://crowdfund.umn.edu/SkinDiseaseResearch