Morgellons Disease Scientifically Proven to Occur in Dogs
Press Release from the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation.
Man’s best friend may help solve another mystery. A new study entitled “Canine Filamentous Dermatitis Associated with Borrelia Infection” reveals that a condition similar to human Morgellons disease can occur in dogs. The study was published in the prestigious Journal of Veterinary Science & Medical Diagnosis.
Morgellons disease is an unusual skin condition associated with Lyme disease in humans. It is characterized by skin lesions containing unusual multicolored fibers and symptoms such as fatigue, joint and muscle pain and neurological problems that are typical of Lyme disease. Similar skin lesions have previously been reported in bovine digital dermatitis, an infectious disease of cattle.
The dog study was partially funded by the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation (CEHMDF) and was conducted by an international team of researchers, including Calgary microbiologist Marianne Middelveen, San Francisco Internist Dr. Raphael Stricker, molecular biologists Dr. Eva Sapi and Dr. Jennie Burke, and Calgary veterinarians Dr. Gheorghe Rotaru and Dr. Jody McMurray.
The dogs in the study presented with unusual fiber-containing skin lesions that lacked other explanations and that failed to respond to non-antibiotic treatments. “Generally-speaking, the fibers we have seen are teal and pink,” explains Dr. Rotaru.“Dogs are hairy, so fibers can be hard to see. Fortunately the fibers fluoresce under UV light, so we have used that diagnostic tool to identify dogs with the skin condition.”
Analysis performed by five different laboratories detected the corkscrew-shaped agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, in canine skin tissue by special staining and DNA analysis. Culture studies showed that the Lyme bacteria in skin were alive. Further analysis of the canine skin fibers showed that they were made of the same proteins as human Morgellons disease fibers.
Most of the owners of the study dogs were healthy and were not familiar with Morgellons disease or Lyme disease; however, two of the owners also had Morgellons disease. “In those cases, we do not have evidence of contact transmission from human to animal or animal to human,” says Dr. Stricker, “it may be that both owner and dog were exposed to the same disease vector.”
“The finding of skin lesions similar to Morgellons disease, first in cattle and now in dogs, confirms that the skin disease is not a delusion, as some have maintained,” said Ms. Middelveen. “We need to learn much more about this mysterious skin condition.”
About the Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation:
The Charles E. Holman Morgellons Disease Foundation based in Austin, TX, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to advocacy and philanthropy in the battle against Morgellons. Director, Cindy Casey-Holman, RN, leads the foundation, named for her husband, Charles E. Holman, a pioneer in the fight against MD. The CEHMDF is the recognized authority and primary funding source for Morgellons Disease medical-scientific research. There are neither grants, nor any other public or private funding to support research for Morgellons.
- December 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm
Apparently the CDC’s pronouncement that MD is a form of psychosis isn’t relevant to dogs. How interesting.
- December 7, 2016 at 10:47 pm
Even more scientific validation, let’s hope it expedites a cure!
- December 8, 2016 at 12:59 am
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- October 6, 2017 at 1:17 am
I believe I have a multi bacterial infection. I also have been fighting a major fungal infection.
My dog suffers, my cat are suffering as well.
I know I need a diagnosis soon, to try and save them.
I have to get rid of the animals. To
Any Research Scientists out there,
My environment, the property, is full
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- March 5, 2018 at 8:12 pm
My dogs ear looks like that we were told it was mites nothing has helped it. asleep i had a tick burrow into my forehead have had horrifiic skin problems wile being treated I was crazy or has to be my fault trying to get a doctor’s to help me figure out what it is.
Deer had babies under my Dad’s grape arbor. Both my folks had all the symptoms of Lyme we just didn’t know then I’m seeing the same progression in the mirror my Mom died of
Doctor’s here told me there is no Lyme D in Washington
I can’t afford the test andy primary Doctor won’t consider it. Makes a person feel hopeless
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