(Bartonellosis, also known as cat scratch fever)

Bartonella are bacteria that live inside human or mammal cells. Spread by bites from infected ticks and also passed in utero. There is a couple different species. In 1992 Bartonella was first described as an emerging disease. It is also carried by cats and causes cat-scratch disease, endocarditis, and several other diseases in humans.Bartonella bacteria is carried by fleas, body lice, and ticks and can be transmitted to humans and animals. Scientists have identified several species of Bartonella. There are different strains in different countries. They have found it in Peru, Columbia, and Ecuador being carried by sand flies. Recent studes have found body lice carry it and so do dust mites. Five different Bartonella species have been detected in 19.2% of I. pacificus ticks collected in California.


abnormal liver enzymes
flu-like malaise
hemolysis with anemia
high fever
immune deficiency
papular or angiomatous rash
sore throat
weakened immune response

*Many patients with Bartonella complain of the bottoms of their feet beings sore, especially when they first stand up in the morning.


Blood test or antibody level test

PCR Test or Polymerase chain reaction and tissue biopsy can be used, however they are also insensitive, as are standard blood tests.


The common treatment for Bartonella is antibiotics. Erythromycin, Doxycycline, Levofloxacin Rifampin, Azithromycin have been used for standard Bartonella.


Links Pertaining to Bartonella

Bartonella spp. Bacteremia and Rheumatic Symptoms in Patients from Lyme Disease–endemic Region 


Detection and Identification ofEhrlichia, Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato, andBartonella Species in Dutch Ixodes ricinusTicks

Isolation of a New Subspecies, Bartonella vinsoniisubsp. arupensis, from a Cattle Rancher: Identity with Isolates Found in Conjunction withBorrelia burgdorferiand Babesia microti among Naturally Infected Mice

Persistence of Bartonella spp. stealth pathogens: from subclinical infections to vasoproliferative tumor formation

Bartonella quintana-induced Vulval Bacillary Angiomatosis

Bartonella Rashes

This Bartonella rash came out 2 1/2 years after starting treatment.
This Bartonella rash came out 2 1/2 years after starting treatment. Photo Credit Kristin Collins


Bart Rash
Rash fading after being on treatment with antibiotics and Essential Oils. Photo Credit: Kristin Collins

We want to note that Bartonella is not the only condition that can cause these stretch mark like rashes. If your child has this you may also want to look into the following conditions also.

MARFAN Syndrome



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