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Edward Breitschwerdt, DVM

Edward Breitschwerdt

Professor, Internal Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
Phone: 919.513.8277
Fax: 919.513.6464



Board certification: Companion Animal Internal Medicine.

Professional Experience & Qualifications

Special Recognitions

Research Area

Research Interests: Infectious diseases and immunology.

Dr. Breitschwerdt's research emphasis has been on vector-transmitted, intracellular pathogens. Since 1984, he has supervised a biosafety level P-3 research laboratory and co-supervised the Tick-transmitted Diagnostic Laboratory.

Selected Publications

Breitschwerdt EB, RG Maggi, WL Nicholson, NA Cherry, CW Woods: Bartonella spp. bacteremia in patients with neurological and neuro-cognitive dysfunction. J Clin Microbiol 46:2856-2861; 2008.

Jones SL, RG Maggi, J Shuler, A Alward, EB Breitschwerdt: Detection of Bartonella henselae in the blood of two adult horses. J Vet Intern Med 22:495-498; 2008.

Sontakke S, MB Cadenas, RG Maggi, PPVP Diniz, EB Breitschwerdt: Use of broad range 16S rDNA PCR in clinical microbiology. J Microbiol Meth 76:217-225; 2009.

Breitschwerdt EB, RG Maggi. Comparative medical features of canine and human bartonellosis. Clin Microbiol Infect 15(Suppl.1):1-2; 2009.

Breitschwerdt EB, RG Maggi, M Varanat, KE Linder, G Weinberg: Isolation of Bartonella vinsonii subsp berkhoffii genotype II from a boy with epitheloid hemangioendothelioma and a dog with hemangiopericytoma. J Clin Microbiol 47:1957-1960; 2009.

Breitschwerdt EB, RG Maggi: A confusing case of canine vector-bonre disease: clinical signs and progression in a dog co-infected with Ehrlichia canis and Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii. Parasitol and Vectors 26(Suppl 1):S3; 2009.

Breitschwerdt EB, RG Maggi, MB Cadenas, PPVP Diniz: A ground hog, a novel Bartonella sequence and my father’s death. Emerg Infect Dis 15:2080-2086; 2009.

Biswas S, RG Maggi, MG Papich, D Keil, EB Breitschwerdt: Comparative activity of pradofloxacin, enrofloxacin and azithromycin against Bartonella henselae isolates derived from cats and a human. J Clin Microbiol 48:617-618; 2010.

Biswas S, RG Maggi, MG Papich, EB Breitschwerdt: Molecular mechansims of Bartonella resistance to azithromycin, enrofloxacin and pradofloxacin. J Antimicrob Chemother 65:581-582; 2010.

Breitschwerdt EB, RG Maggi, PM Lantos, CW Woods, BC Hegarty, JM Bradley: Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii and Bartonella henselae in a father and daughter with neurological disease. Parasites & Vectors 3: 29; 2010.

Breitschwerdt EB, RG Maggi, BR Mozayeni, JM Bradley, BC Hegarty, PE Mascarelli: Isolation or PCR amplification of Bartonella koehlerae from human blood. Parasites & Vectors 3: 76; 2010.

Breitschwerdt EB, RG Maggi, P Farmer, PE Mascarelli: Molecular evidence of perinatal transmission of Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii and B. henselae to a child. J Clin Microbiol 48: 2289-2293, 2010.

Oliveira AM, RG Maggi, CW Woods, EB Breitschwerdt: Putative needle stick transmission of Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii to a veterinarian. J Vet Intern Med 24: 1229-1232; 2010.

Breitschwerdt EB, BC Hegarty, RG Maggi, PM Lantos, DM Aslett, JM Bradley: Rickettsia rickettsii transmission by a lonestar tick, North Carolina. 2011 May [Epub ahead of print]