Free Webinar: Understanding Bartonella

Webinar recorded July 10, 2015

Bartonella infections are increasingly implicated in complex chronic disease syndromes, yet are extremely difficult to diagnose accurately. The purpose of this webinar is to raise awareness about Bartonella; its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Medical, veterinary and public health professionals will benefit from attending this webinar.

Speakers include subject matter experts Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM and B. Robert Mozayeni, MD.  Please note that the content is highly technical and designed for an audience of medical, veterinary and public health professionals.

Learning objectives include the ability to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of Bartonella;
  • Identify populations most at risk for Bartonella infection; and
  • Explain the process for accurate and timely diagnosis of and treatment considerations for Bartonella

Our mission is to educate as many people as possible about the increasing medical importance of Bartonella.  As an advocate for One Health, please share this free webinar link with others who may be interested.

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Many thanks to the One Health Commission for sponsoring our Bartonella webinar!

Bartonella: A Multi-Systemic Health Concern

Bartonella CME July 24 2015

 

Please join us in Cambridge, Maryland this month as Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, Dr. Bob Mozayeni and Dr. Ann Corson present on the emerging science and new clinical understandings of Bartonella spp infection in both human and animal medicine.

The conference is intended for medical professionals (technical content), but is open to the public. CME credits and certificates are available.

Register now:  www.regonline.com/bartonellaconference

Many thanks to the Lyme Disease Association of the Eastern Shore of Maryland for hosting and organizing this important event!

 

Now Offering Novel PCR Tests for Tick-borne Disease

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We have taken the novel PCR design we developed for Bartonella spp detection and are now offering novel PCR tests for tick-borne disease – Anaplasma spp, Babesia/Theileria spp, Ehrlichia spp and Rickettsia spp.  And we have more coming, all targeting pathogens implicated in chronic inflammatory diseases.  Stay tuned!

Snow shuts down Triangle businesses today

Snow is rare in NC and all business stops because the city does not have extensive snow management systems in place to enable transportation.  Galaxy is closed today and Fedex operations are suspended.  Please save sample shipments for tomorrow.

Great impromptu tribute to the snow from Elizabeth South​’s Facebook page!!

Learn more about Bartonella Infection

BartonellabrochureShortly after their discovery in HIV patients in the 1980’s, Bartonella henselae and Bartonella quintana were confirmed by CDC researchers as the key agents behind Cat Scratch Disease and Trench Fever.  Emerging researchimplicates up to 10 newly discovered species of Bartonella in human and animal disease.  Bartonella infections can be a serious problem for those with poor immune systems, causing life-threatening infections of the heart, liver, spleen and central nervous system.  Less commonly well-known is the fact that Bartonella species can also cause persistent blood infections associated with a host of chronic medical complaints affecting many parts of the body, including the nervous system, joints, muscles, eyes, bones, lymph nodes, and internal organs. Bartonella infection can mimic many immune-mediated disorders and can easily be missed.

See our new Bartonella brochure onto learn more about infection with these hard-to-detect bacteria.

http://www.galaxydx.com/web/pdfs/Bartonella_brochure_general.pdf

How Bartonella Infection Affects Everyday Life

Many thanks to Lena Miremonde for an excellent interview with Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt earlier this month.  Lena explored the origins of Dr. Breitschwerdt’s Bartonella research program at NC State University, the development of the BAPGM medium as a diagnostic tool, and the founding of Galaxy Diagnostics.

Interview with Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, Lena Live Podcast, BBS Radio, January 2015
http://bbsradio.com/content/lena-live-january-8-2015

Also available through NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine:
http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/news/LenaLive-Dr.Breitschwerdt1-6-15Mix1.wav

In this podcast, Dr Breitschwerdt discusses:

  • the discovery of Bartonella in HIV patients;
  • the development of his research program on Bartonella infection;
  • the broad range of vectors implicated in transmission;
  • the clinical signs documented in cats, dogs, and humans; and
  • the development of the BAPGM medium and Bartonella ePCR.

Wonderful interview!  Check it out!!

Happy Holidays!!

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Happy Holidays!!

HOLIDAY HOURS:
Closed Dec 25-26, 2014 and Jan 1-2, 2015. 

Thank you all for a great year!  We continue to work toward our mission to offer the highest quality tests for chronic infectious disease and to educate the public about the risks of Bartonella spp infection through our “Healthy Pets, Healthy Families” program.  To that end, we are happy to announce a few key accomplishments this year:

Veterinary workers at Higher Risk for Infection

In a study conducted by our colleagues at Duke University, 28% of symptomatic veterinarians tested positive for Bartonella spp, compared to 0% of the control population (Lantos, 2014).  This study adds to the growing evidence that animal workers are the highest risk group for chronic Bartonella infections.

Expanding Test Menu for Human Health

Bartonella ePCR™ is the most sensitive, specific, and confirmatory test for the diagnosis of Bartonella spp infection.  Nonetheless, this year we added IFA serology for two common species of Bartonella for physicians who many find IFA useful for monitoring treatment and also as part of the recommended Triple Draw initial workup.

In early 2015, we are launching new PCR tests for tick-borne diseases.  Our PCR tests are different from other lab offerings because we use genus-level primers and sequence identification for all positives.  More details to follow!

Partnership with IDEXX Reference Laboratories 

We are partnering with IDEXX to make our Bartonella ePCR™ widely available for veterinary use and to educate veterinarians and pet owners on the risks and clinical signs of Bartonella infection.