Stages Of Ehrlichia Or Ehrlichosis In Dogs & HumansThere are three stages or phases of ehrlichiosis. The first stage or phase of an ehrlichia infection is acute, second stage or phase is subclinical, and third stage or phase is chronic.
First Stage Or Phase: AcuteAcute ehrlichiosis phase or stage is when the ehrlichia bacteria replicates itself inside the host. The host will be void of energy, may not eat much, and their lymph nodes may become swollen.
Second Stage Or Phase: SubclinicalSubclinical phase or stage of ehrlichiosis the host may seem normal. The ehrlichia bacteria has moved into the spleen by this time. This stage or phase can last as long as years.
Though they may seem normal, a blood ehrlichia can reveal their presence by showing an elevated globulin level, or reduced platelet count in the bloodstream.
Third Stage Or Phase: ChronicDuring the chronic ehrlichiosis phase or stage, the host with ehrlichia will begin to have symptoms once more which may include irregular bleeding as a result of the platelet loss. The eyes may also become inflamed.
Urinary protein loss can also happen, causing Glomerulonephritis during this phase or stage of ehrlichia or ehrlichiosis. Globulin levels increase dramatically.