One Health Day
Beating Bartonella **VIRTUAL** Fun Run
Can't make it to Louisiana One Health in Action's "Beating Bartonella Fun Run/Walk" being held in Sulphur, LA on November 3rd? You can still participate in the run/walk and celebrate One Health Day wherever you live by participating in our **VIRTUAL** Beating Bartonella Fun Run/Walk! Just grab your friends, plan your route somewhere in your city (or even on your treadmill :) ), and register for the run. When you're done, email us some pics of your version of our Beating Bartonella Fun Run! We will post some of them on our website! You can make fun signs or posters to use in your pics! You can post your pics on social media too! Just use the #BeatingBartonella and #OneHealthDay, so we can find you! You will receive an official run certificate and race T-shirt shipped to you, if you live in the contiguous United States or Canada. Register and complete the Fun Run anytime the week before November 3. This is the first One Health Day event for LOHA, and we are honored to support The Bartonella Project at North Carolina State University. If you or someone you know has been impacted by Bartonella, posting your pics on social media of your participation in the race is a great way to share your support and an opportunity to share your story with others! This fun run/walk is an effort to raise awareness about Bartonella, and the ways it can be transmitted and prevented. All proceeds will go toward Bartonella research and improved testing and treatment. Send your pics to
Please contact us if you are interested in holding this event in your area
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