Bartonellosis: One Health Perspectives on an Emerging Infectious Disease
Ian Beveridge Memorial Lecture 2014
How do you hide a bacteria in plain sight? Following its (re)discovery in HIV patients in the early 1990s, Bartonella infection has been incorrectly cast as little more than Cat Scratch Fever, a self-limiting, acute condition. In fact, recent advances in diagnostic methods are leading to new discoveries, linking stealth pathogens like Bartonella to conditions as varied as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Schizophrenia, and Cancer. This presentation provides an overview of the biology of Bartonella spp as well as the prevalence and medical importance of Bartonella spp as a One Health microbe, that is, a zoonotic, vector borne infection that demonstrates the close relationship between animal and human health and the spread of the relevance of infectious disease research across therapeutic areas as more stealth pathogens are identified.
This memorial lecture commemorates the work of Ian Beveridge, whose pioneering in the area of 'one medicine' foresaw an entirely new kind of interdisciplinary research.