The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a group of online peer-reviewed scientific journals, has just published a paper in which our CEO, Richard Lerner, was a co-author.
While looking for Ehrlichia canis, a tick-borne disease of dogs that we also see in the United States, the authors of the paper found that up to one out of 6 dogs in certain areas were carrying the bacteria Bartonella rochalimae, an organism that has been shown to cause disease in humans. That these were house dogs, that is, dogs who lived with people and not on the street made the findings all the more interesting and worth investigating further. None of these dogs had symptoms of disease.
PAZ has a protocol written to further study the zoonotic potential of B. rochalimae; it is currently awaiting funding.