First off, Bartonella is NOT RARE.
Second, someone PLEASE cut the nails on that cat!
For many, many people Bartonella is NOT something that, “fades by itself in between two to four months.”
Bartonella is a particularly tenacious infection that can cause so many symptoms it boggles the mind. Couple it with Lyme disease and you are one sick dog. Throw in Babesia, and you are in bed for a long, long time.
KNOWN DISEASES CAUSED BY BARTONELLA INFECTIONS INCLUDE:
- Carrion’s disease
- cat-scratch disease
- chronic lymphadenopathy
- trench fever
- chronic bacteraemia
- culture-negative endocarditis
- bacilliary angiomatosis
- bacilliary peliosis
- uveitis [1,2,4,6,7,9,10,11].
RECENTLY, BARTONELLA INFECTIONS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO MORE DIVERSE MANIFESTATIONS SUCH AS:
- weight loss
- muscle fatigue
- partial paralysis
- pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS)
- other neurological manifestations [6,8,10].
Regarding vectors, it’s far more than fleas, lice, and sandflies:
Bartonella spp. are zoonotic pathogens transmitted from mammals to humans through a variety of insect vectors including the sand fly, cat fleas, and human body louse [4,5]. New evidence suggests that ticks, red ants, and spiders can also transmit Bartonella [15,16,17,18]. Bed bugs have been implicated in the transmission cycle of B. quintana and have been artificially infected . B. quintana was found in bed bug feces for up to 18 days postinfection . The diversity of newly discovered Bartonella species, the large number and ecologically diverse animal reservoir hosts, and the large spectrum of arthropod vectors that can transmit these bacteria among animals and humans are major causes for public health concern.
3.3 Arachnids (Spiders &Ticks)
Ixodid ticks, also known as hard ticks, appear to be the main type of tick associated with these bacteria. Tick cell lines have been used to show that Bartonella can replicate and survive within:
- Amblyoma americanum (Lone Star Tick)
- Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Brown Dog Tick)
- Ixodes scapularis cells  (Deer Tick)
In California, questing ticks of
- Ixodes pacificus (Western Black legged Tick)
- Dermacentor occidentalis (Pacific Coast Tick)
- Dermacentor variabilis (American Dog Tick)
were collected when in the adult and nymphal stages and tested for Bartonella by PCR for the citrate synthase gene. . All types of ticks were found to contain Bartonella DNA, although in varying percentages and locations.These data alone do not prove that ticks can transmit Bartonella spp. Bacteria; however, the results do show Bartonella DNA occurring naturally in these wild ticks.
I know researchers are currently working on the link between Bartonella and cancer. Recently a young boy was diagnosed with schizophrenia but was found to have Bartonella: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/03/24/cat-scratch-disease-caused-teens-schizophrenia-like-symptoms-report-says/
All you have to do is type “Bartonella” into the search bar on this website and let your fingers do the walking. Bartonella is HUGE and quite common.
More on Bartonella: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/01/03/bartonella-treatment/
Look at the pictures of what it did to this woman: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/05/28/woman-wakes-up-with-black-eye-swollen-face-after-cat-scratch-that-left-her-on-iv-drip-for-four-days/I assure you – this would not have faded on its own….
Lastly, Dr. Ericson has incredible imaging showing Bartonella surviving around tissues where a PIC line pumped antibiotics directly into the body: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/02/27/advanced-imaging-found-bartonella-around-pic-line/
Trust me. You don’t want this.