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Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt

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Specialist In Internal Medicine a...

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North Carolina State University
4700 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
United States

Company Description: The mission of North Carolina State University is to serve its students and the people of North Carolina as a doctoral/research-extensive, land-grant university....   more

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  • University of Georgia
  • DVM
    Sao Paulo State University , College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences
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Jan 2010 Newsletter, 10 Feb 2014 [cached]
This week, we welcome Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, a specialist in internal medicine and infectious disease at North Carolina State University. Dr. Breitschwerdt has
received funding from the Canine Health Foundation for various infectious diseases including Bartonella spp. In this podcast, Dr. Breitschwerdt describes
Bartonella Can Be Transmitted in Utero | Lyme Disease Blog, 6 May 2010 [cached]
North Carolina State University clinical researcher Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt has found blood and tissue evidence of Bartonella in twins born to parents with chronic headaches, memory loss, shortness of breath, muscle weakness, and fatigue. One twin, now 10, has been chronically ill since birth. His sister died at 9-days-old of a heart defect. Autopsy DNA results showed evidence of two strains of Bartonella.
Link to the Press Release with a short video of Dr. Breitschwerdt.
Tick | BADA UK Blog [cached]
So Sigmon called Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, a veterinary researcher at N.C. State University.
Sigmon, herself a vet, knew Breitschwerdt studied tick-borne diseases.
Sigmon recalls asking Breitschwerdt.
In reaching out to Breitschwerdt, Sigmon turned to a man who may know a hidden cause behind many chronic human ailments that often aren't recognized as infections transmitted by animals and insects.
At the heart of Breitschwerdt's research is a pathogen carried by insects - a bacteria known as Bartonella. Spread by biting pests such as fleas, lice, sandflies and possibly ticks, Bartonella are difficult to detect in human blood. As a result, Breitschwerdt thinks the bacteria are taking an unacknowledged toll on human health.
"I believe it's a silent epidemic," says Breitschwerdt, who is also an adjunct professor in infectious diseases at Duke University Medical School.
His belief is based on his own patients - the cats, dogs, rabbits, cows and other animals that harbor Bartonella in their blood. With so many insects spreading the bacteria to so many animals, he contends, the bugs are certain to readily infect humans.
Breitschwerdt suspected a Bartonella infection was behind Jason Sigmon's headaches.
Mr. R, 38, had worked as a physician assistant in the emergency department (ED)of a small hospital in the Midwest for nine years. He often recognized many of the patientsin the waiting room -"repeat customers" he termed them.
Mrs. K was one of them. A divorced mother of four rambunctious boys ranging from 11 to 17 years old, she was frequently at the ED with one son or another after a sports injury, a fall from a tree, or a bout of strep throat or flu.
Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt, professor of internal medicine at NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine and adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University, studied the bacteria Bartonella to determine how long these bacteria induce active infection in humans.
The most commonly known Bartonella-related illness is cat scratch disease, caused by B. henselae, a strain of Bartonella that can be carried in a cat's blood for months to years. Cat scratch disease was thought to be a self-limiting, or "one-time" infection; however, Breitschwerdt's previous work discovered cases of children and adults with chronic Bartonella infections - from strains of the bacteria that are found in cats (B. henselae) and dogs (B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii).
In a study published in the September volume of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Breitschwerdt and colleagues from the Duke University Medical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were able to detect one or more strains of Bartonella in blood samples from six patients suffering from a broad spectrum of neurological and neurocognitive abnormalities, including chronic migraines, seizures, memory loss, disorientation and weakness. All of the patients in the study had both frequent tick exposure and significant animal exposure - some were veterinarians, others had grown up on farms or had occupations that kept them outdoors - and all of them suffered from chronic, debilitating neurological problems.
The patients were treated with antibiotics, and three of them saw marked improvement. In the other cases, improvements were minimal or short-term. Breitschwerdt believes that his research offers hope - perhaps the identification of a specific infectious cause of chronic neurological disease and another potential avenue of treatment - for what could be a significant segment of the population.
"Bartonella has been described by some scientists as a 'stealth pathogen,'" he says. "Our research could lead to the elimination of what may be a silent and currently unrecognized epidemic among humans."
Posted inAnimal, Medical, Publicity & Public Awareness: | TaggedBartonella, Breitschwerdt, Cat Scratch Disease, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Tick | Leave a reply
Edward B. Breitschwerdt, ..., 15 July 2013 [cached]
Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Dr. Edward B. Breitschwerdt is a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Dr. Breitschwerdt directs the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory in the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at North Carolina State University. He also co-directs the Vector Borne Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory and is the director of the NCSU-CVM Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Breitschwerdt completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri between 1974 and 1977. He has served as president of the Specialty of Internal Medicine and as chairman of the ACVIM Board of Regents. He is a former associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and was a founding member of the ACVIM Foundation.
Breitschwerdt's clinical interests include infectious diseases, immunology, and nephrology. For over 20 years, his research has emphasized vector-transmitted, intracellular pathogens. Most recently, he has contributed to cutting-edge research in the areas of animal and human bartonellosis. In addition to authoring numerous book chapters and proceedings, Dr. Breitschwerdt's research group has published more that 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In 2012, he received the North Carolina State University Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award and in 2013 he received the Holladay Medal, the highest award bestowed on a faculty member at North Carolina State University
Edward ..., 18 May 2011 [cached]
Edward Breitschwerdt
Vector-borne disease • Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM Professor of Medicine in Infectious Disease, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State UniversityView Bio
Vector-borne disease • Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Do we need a different approach to control ticks versus fleas? Why can't we use the same approaches to control fleas and ticks?
Vector-borne disease • Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
How prevalent are fleas and ticks this year (more, less, or the same as in the recent past)?
Vector-borne disease • Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Have flea and tick populations grown? If so, what do you think has caused this?
Vector-borne disease • Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Are you seeing an increase in flea-, tick- or mosquito-borne diseases? What diseases are you seeing (e.g. flea allergy dermatitis, Lyme disease, heartworm disease, other)?
Vector-borne disease • Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Are there emerging vector borne diseases that the veterinary community needs to be monitoring for in their practices?
Vector-borne disease • Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt is a professor of internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, and an adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1974. He was also associate editor of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine from 1986 to 1991 while serving as president of the ACVIM Specialty of Internal Medicine. He served on the ACVIM Board of Regents from 1996 to 2001, and has published more than 250 articles in scientific journals. He received the Excellence in Canine Research Award from the American Kennel Club in 1995, the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence in 2005, and appeared in the International Who's Who of Professionals in 1997. Dr. Breitschwerdt specializes in infectious diseases and immunology.
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