Posted on Mar 26, 2015 in Blog |

From Debbie Kushner, a friend of mine

At my son’s school this week, my gentle suggestion that lice were not merely a nuisance but also a possible vector for infections like Bartonella was met with disbelief since the school nurse couldn’t find anything during a quick Google search from NIH. Clearly, she felt I was mistaken.

I know you all have encountered this before. No one believes us until it is too late.

I’ve been corresponding with Amanda Brickman Elam, president of Galaxy Diagnostics, offline this morning to gain some recent research to help support my position as well as educate the school nurse.

Amanda asked that I share what we discussed. As Amanda says one of her favorite quotes is from Mother Theresa: “we can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Educating one school nurse is a small thing, but could be important for each community.

Amanda told me the NIH and the CDC have not updated their Bartonella postings in nearly 10 years!

She shared some links to recent research that do make a strong connection between head lice and the transmission of Bartonella. and there have been quite a few publications documenting Bartonella head lice around the world.

Here are some of the research publications that support the transmission from head lice to people.

This study is from CDC Bartonella research team, led by Mike Kosoy:

She also said that both body lice and head lice can infect the head, and they look quite different. Body lice can carry a number of different pathogens.

I truly believe that as a community, each one of us, with exposure to different populations, can help turn the tide and educate our friends and neighbors.