Bartonella is linked to rheumatoid illness in people

04/23/2012 | ScienceDaily

Researchers found antibodies to bartonella, an insect- and sometimes cat-transmitted bacteria, in 62% of nearly 300 patients with illnesses including rheumatoid symptoms. "If the link between bartonella and rheumatoid illnesses is valid, it may also open up more directed treatment options for patients with rheumatoid illnesses," said veterinarian Ed Breitschwerdt of North Carolina State University.

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