Bartonellosis (Oroya Fever)

Exists in Andes (SW Colombia, Equator, and Peru). Transmitted by sand flies that bit between dusk and dawn, and are most common in valleys between 1000m and 3000m altitude. Initial symptoms include acute anorexia, thirst, bone pain, anemia (causing fatigue) and fever.

The fever is high at night and could last 6 weeks.

Next wart like eruptions occurs on face and limbs, but will heal without scarring.

People affected are particularly vulnerable to overwhelming salmonella infections.

This is another sand fly-transmitted disease caused by bacteria.

It is found on the Western Slopes of the Andes and it is rare.

Symptoms include fever, bone aches, anemia and sometimes skin eruptions.

Bartonellosis links:
Bartonellosis disease data bank http://www.diseasesdatabase.com/ddb1249.htm CHC

Inter-American Institute for Advanced Studies in Cultural History http://www.interamericaninstitute.org/bartonellosis.htm