Sean sent a blood plasma through Aperiomics Xplore-PATHOSM hoping to find something out of the ordinary.
One of the top pathogens identified was a very unusual species which has hospitalized some of the very few other people who have been exposed to it. Thought to rarely infect humans in the US, Rickettsia felis is an rare bacterium found in cat fleas. The current methods for diagnosing R. felis are often known to fail. Coupling the traditional testing method’s narrow focus with the clinical rarity of this bacterium equals a recipe for missed identification, and in Sean’s case, prolonged illness, poor quality of life, and potentially worse.
Armed with knowledge, his doctor diagnosed him with R. felis induced bacteremia and was given pinpointed treatment against it. Today Sean is symptom-free and finally able to move on.