Archive for July, 2015

Bartonella Webinar with leading experts

If you are interested and up for a more clinical approach to Bartonella, watch this recorded webinar with 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

Infectious Disease Docs Say- Diagnose Presumptively- Don’t Wait For Tests-Treat IMMEDIATELY

The University of Tennessee- Department of Infectious Diseases– basically says assume it it a TBD (especially RMSF, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis), don’t wait for tests, and treat immediately!

This follows recommendations in 2012 to specifically treat Lyme disease early on from the ID doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Side note- University of Tennessee also reported B. miyamotoi in its wild turkeys (58% infection rate) about six years ago, at a time when few were even looking for it.
Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2015 Jul 16. pii: S0891-5520(15)00049-5. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2015.05.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Recognition of and Prompt Treatment for Tick-Borne Infections in Children.

Author information

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, 50 North Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103, USA; Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, USA.
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, 50 North Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103, USA. Electronic address:


Tick-borne infections create diagnostic challenges because they tend to present with nonspecific findings.
Because clinicians often fail to recognize tick-borne illnesses in early stages, therapy is frequently delayed or omitted.
This is especially problematic for rickettsial infections (Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis), because the risk of long-term morbidity and mortality increases with delayed treatment.
We emphasize the need for clinicians to maintain a high index of suspicion for tick-borne infections; to diagnose these illnesses presumptively, without waiting for confirmatory laboratory test results; and to promptly start therapy with doxycycline, even in young children, when rickettsial infections are suspected.
Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Anaplasmosis; Babesiosis; Doxycycline; Ehrlichiosis; Lyme disease; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; Tick-borne infections; Tularemia




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Dr. Sheena Teres Mukkada
Dr. Steve Buckingham

Fantastic Lyme Documentary Aired July 17th

abc news
WMDT-TV Channel 47 Documentary on Lyme was Tonite!
 Tonite is the airing of the first-ever documentary about the controversy surrounding Lyme disease which focuses on our area of the world.  See local Lyme patients, hear interviews with specialists, as well as medical professionals who don’t necessarily believe in chronic Lyme disease.  Emily Lampa, senior reporter for WMDT-TV, courageously took on this challenge and created the documentary, “Tiny Tick Big Controversy”.
The show aired tonite – July 18th – at 7:30 p.m.  but you can watch the show soon after it airs on this website: 
I encourage you to visit their FaceBook page at 47 ABC and leave a comment to let them know what you thought of the documentary.

You can watch the WMDT-TV documentary, as well as several really good interviews on their website here:

Parents, please watch the interview of Julie and Kelsy Warren – a lot of good points are made by this parent whose child was diagnosed at the age of 6 with multiple psychiatric issues that were actually all tick-borne diseases.

Share Marilyn’s story with anyone you know who was diagnosed with “fibromyalgia”.  It seems as though she also has a message for the medical community (smile).

Autoimmune probems?  Digestive disorders?  Watch this clip of a young woman whose issues were tick-borne diseases:

Maryland is Becoming Hot Spot for Lyme Disease