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Podcast: Bartonella

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Audio Abstract
Podcast: Bartonella

Bartonella is a bacteria most commonly associated with cat scratch disease, which until recently was thought to be a short lived – or self limiting in medical lingo – infection. Bartonella isn’t new – doctors have known about cat scratch disease for almost a century. What is new is its increasing association with a wide variety of ailments, many of them chronic and some of them life-threatening. We talk with Ed Breitschwerdt, infectious disease specialist, doctor of veterinary medicine and Bartonella expert about what this bacteria can do and what researchers are trying to do about it.