A2: Microbes in the News – Post 2

Title: “A Teenager Was Diagnosed With Schizophrenia – but it Turned Out to Be an Infection From HIs Cat”

By” Christina Oehlea

Healthy Living Newsletter

Link: https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/cat-scratch-schizophrenia

Summary:

A young Midwestern boy spent two years in and out of the hospital due to a bacterial infection.  The boy was first misdiagnosed with schizophrenia by two physicians, but later correctly diagnosed and treated for neurobartonellosis, which caused him to have psychiatric symptoms such as depression and suicidal thoughts, among other symptoms. After an antibiotic treatment, the boy made a full recovery.

Connections:

The content of this article relate to our study of the human immune system and antibiotics.

Critical Analysis:

I think that the article was easy and short, which is good for accessibility, however, I think that it should have provided more information about the bacteria strain, which carry Bartonella clarridgeiae.  But overall, I think that it covered the bases for to provide readers with preventive and informative facts. I also think that the article was from a reliable source, because the author cited that the original case was published in The Journal of Central Nervous System Disease, which is a peer-revised journal publication.

Question:

How did cats become a vector for Bartonella clarridgeiae and do they infect other hosts?

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