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Ed Breitschwerdt

A woman with blonde, shoulder-length hair wearing a gray NC State t-shirt smiles at the calico cat she is holding in her living room.

Jul 25, 2023

NC State Connections At Core of Kacie’s Comprehensive Care

Confronted with a cat's cluster of concerning symptoms, NC State alumnae worked with the university's Veterinary Hospital to find answers. 

Bartonella henselae bacteria

Aug 5, 2021

$4.8 Million Awarded to Develop Treatment for Bartonella-Related Disease

The CVM is leading the way to develop an effective antimicrobial treatment for animals and humans impacted by the Bartonella family of bacteria. 

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Apr 8, 2021

Pilot Study Finds Evidence of Bartonella Infection in Schizophrenia Patients

Bartonella are bacteria historically associated with cat-scratch disease, which until recently was thought to be solely a short-lived or self-limiting infection. 

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Dec 9, 2020

Study: Bartonella Infection Associated With Psychiatric Symptoms and Skin Lesions

The research adds to the body of evidence that not only can Bartonella infection mimic a spectrum of chronic illnesses, but that dermatological symptoms may accompany infection. 

Ticks Rocky Mountain

Nov 10, 2020

NC State Veterinary Medicine Researchers Identify New Rickettsia Species in Dogs

The new yet unnamed species, initially identified in three dogs, is part of the spotted-fever group which includes Rickettsia rickettsii, the bacteria that cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. 


Jul 9, 2020

CVM Research Shows Chronic Health Impact of Bartonella Strain on Dogs

Ed Breitschwerdt discusses research showing links between Bartonella rochalimae and canine heart infections. 

dog with an NC State bandana

Jan 15, 2020

Bartonella Bacteria Found in Hemangiosarcoma Tumors from Dogs

Researchers find more evidence of a possible connection between persistent bacterial infection and blood vessel cancer in dogs. 

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Aug 20, 2019

N.C. Dogs Provide Clues About Dangerous Pathogen

A new NC State College of Veterinary Medicine study shines an ever-brightening light on Bartonella by taking a close look at the emerging pathogen’s presence in North Carolina. The study, published in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, creates an activity map of the pathogen Bartonella henselae through samples from dogs obtained between 2004 and 2015.… 

Bartonella henselae bacteria

Mar 18, 2019

Case Study: Bartonella and Sudden-Onset Adolescent Schizophrenia

In a new case study, researchers at North Carolina State University describe an adolescent human patient diagnosed with rapid onset schizophrenia who was found instead to have a Bartonella henselae infection. This study adds to the growing body of evidence that Bartonella infection can mimic a host of chronic illnesses, including mental illness, and could open up new avenues… 

Ed Breitschwerdt in the lab

Jul 10, 2018

Breitschwerdt Awarded WSAVA Global One Health Award

Ed Breitschwerdt, a worldwide leader in infectious disease research and longtime NC State College of Veterinary Medicine clinician-scientist, has won the 2018 Global One Health Award from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Breitschwerdt, CVM professor of medicine and infectious diseases, shares the WSAVA award with Christopher Woods, a professor in Duke University’s medicine and pathology…